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The 3 Best Parts of UK’s 2020 Schedule

Today the SEC announced the schedule for the 2020 football season. We had a good idea of who Kentucky was playing. Now we know exactly when and where.

DATE OPPONENT
September 5 EASTERN MICHIGAN
September 12 at Florida
September 19 KENT STATE
September 26 SOUTH CAROLINA
October 3 at Auburn
October 10 EASTERN ILLINOIS
October 17 VANDERBILT
October 24 at Missouri
October 31 Open Date
November 7 at Tennessee
November 14 MISSISSIPPI STATE
November 21 GEORGIA
November 28 at Louisville

1. A Timely Bye Week

Unlike this year’s scheduling anomaly, there is only one Bye Week in 2020. Even though it does not fall on the same weekend as Big Blue Madness in the middle of the football season, it could not come at a better time.

Upon first glance at the schedule, there’s not one single portion that looks incredibly difficult. MAC teams split up SEC opponents in the early half of the season. The bye falls in the middle of a late-season five-game stretch that exclusively features SEC opponents. UK will need to be as healthy as possible before facing Tennessee on the road, Mississippi State and Georgia, three matchups that are always hard-fought, physical battles in the trenches.

2. Halloween Parties are Fair Game

The later Bye Week date also means kids can trick-or-treat without having to skip a tailgate. Personally, I’m incredibly excited. I can’t remember the last time I got to dress up and attend a costume party. This means I’ll finally be able to wear that Jackie Moon costume.

3. A Trip to The Plains

A Kentucky football road trip to Auburn, Alabama has not happened in more than a decade. For some, Jordan-Hare Stadium could be one of the last SEC stadiums to check off their bucket list.

The last time UK traveled to Auburn, it was a memorable matchup. The 2-3 Wildcats were without their starting quarterback, Mike Hartline. In the first quarter, a Lones Seiber field goal was blocked and returned for a touchdown. Fighting an uphill battle, Rich Brooks rotated Will Fidler, Morgan Newton and Randall Cobb at QB. Each rushed for a touchdown with Cobb landing the final blow. Kentucky’s two unanswered fourth quarter touchdowns catapulted the Cats to their first win on The Plains since 1961.

Trading Arkansas at home for what will likely be a talented Auburn team is a tougher matchup, but you never know where Gus Malzahn will stand with the tumultuous Tigers.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for The 3 Best Parts of UK’s 2020 Schedule



  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:37 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Was the SEC so scared of us winning more than they predicted that they had to take a sure fire win off our schedule and give it to Tennessee?



  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:41 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Wait why are we playing UF in Florida it’s supposed to rotate. Damn the SEC is really scared.



    • jakew60
      12:24 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

      We play Florida at home this year



  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:43 pm August 7, 2019 Permalink

    Wait never mind I didn’t see 2020. This is what happens when you drink to much while grilling.



  4. taiza67
    12:15 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

    Also, we have an away game on November 7th. That’s Breeder’s Cup Day.



  5. jamburgey22
    9:06 am August 8, 2019 Permalink

    This schedule shouldn’t even be something we discuss until Noel season comes around.



  6. Miller45
    9:15 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    We beat Auburn and Georgia both on the road that same year