Start researching Akron football because a new rivalry with the Zips is coming.
Beginning in 2023, your University of Kentucky Wildcats will play a three-game series against Akron. It was originally slated to begin in 2021, but things were shuffled around and now we’ll get UK-Akron for the first time in 2023, per FBSchedules.com.
The series will begin with the Cats traveling to Akron to face the Zips at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on Sept. 16, 2023; Akron will return the favor on Aug. 31, 2024; the series will take a year off in 2025; then it’s back in Lexington for a third game in the 2026 season opener at Kroger Field.
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According to the letter, Kentucky will pay Akron a $1.2 million guarantee for the 2024 contest and a $550,000 guarantee for the 2026 contest. That’s an increase of $200,000 from the previous agreement, which called for $1.3 million for the 2021 game and $250,000 for the 2024 game.
The 2021 Akron-Kentucky game was moved as a result of Kentucky scheduling a game with the New Mexico State Aggies for that season. UK will pay NMSU a $1.2 million guarantee for that contest.