If college football is played in 2020, Kentucky will receive the sport’s brightest spotlight when the SEC opens play Sept. 26.
Speculation swirled that the league would go big on opening weekend, pitting regional rivals against one another. Friend of KSR, Cole Cubelic, threw fuel on the fire by alluding to an opening weekend the had been “Ironed out,” leading many to believe Alabama and Auburn would open league play. Auburn will be in the weekend’s marquee matchup, just against another team — the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
The SEC’s opening week mantra is “bad football is better than no football.” If you take a look at the opening week schedule, aside from UK-Auburn there is only one other game that will feature a single-digit spread, Tennessee- South Carolina.
What does this mean for the Wildcats? Prepare to hear this music Sept. 26.
Drawing the Tigers early in the season will benefit the Wildcats. According to Phil Steele, Auburn is ranked 10th in the SEC in experience and No. 100 overall after Gus Malzahn lost his top playmakers from a defensive line that many considered was the best in the nation in 2019. Kentucky on the other hand has 15 of 22 starters returning, the third-best mark in the SEC and 39th overall. Experience matters exponentially more when neither team will have a tune up to prepare for the 10-game SEC schedule.
Bo Nix and Auburn are name brands in college football that will draw eyes from all across the country. They are a big gun in college football, but this year they don’t have the typical arsenal of ammunition. Kentucky has been handed a golden opportunity to show the nation in week one that they are a legitimate contender in the SEC.