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UK-Akron football rivalry coming in 2023

(Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)

(Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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.

Beat Akron.

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12 Comments for UK-Akron football rivalry coming in 2023

  1. IndianaSucks
    12:43 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    I hope we’re more improved as a program by then that it’ll be nowhere near the so-called “rivalry” status.

  2. A_Blue_Wildcat
    1:19 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    Can someone tell me why we would ever choose to play on the road to a school like Akron?

    • Wilfred Smith
      1:48 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

      Recruiting Ohio

  3. RackEmWillie
    1:24 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    My assumption would be that most of the non-Power 5 teams are going to start asking for more, now. If they all start asking for a home game in return, then teams are going to have to take what they are going to get. Somebody will pay for that game.

    Besides, I fully expect UK to buyout the game and have it at UK anyway. I mean, that’s what they did with Eastern Michigan.

    • mm40
      1:48 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

      UK only bought out the Eastern Michigan because Eastern asked them to because they would make more money for their program if they played in Lexington.

  4. lex cath
    2:00 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    At Akron ? WTH ? Hopefully we can schedule Furman instead

  5. ibescootch
    3:21 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    I wish I could care about this, but I can barely keep up with who we play week to week let alone some rando team 4 years from now!

  6. bd2153
    3:21 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    Why not Western Kentucky university

    • will1497
      5:44 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

      a game against WKU doesn’t help us. They are good enough to beat us (which they have a few times in the past), and we get little to no credit for beating them

  7. sprtphan
    6:01 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    Should I be excited about this?

  8. CoachCat
    6:18 pm March 5, 2019 Permalink

    I guess this crap passes for a rivalry game in one persons eyes. Not in mine.

  9. joe_finebomb
    10:59 pm March 6, 2019 Permalink

    We recruit Ohio guys a lot. It gives the a game closer to their home. It’s recruiting. Did you guys ever play NCAA Football. Geesh!