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What an All-SEC Football Schedule may look like for Kentucky in 2020

Thursday afternoon the Big 10 became the first Power Five conference to announce that its member schools will exclusively play football games against conference foes in the 2020-21 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The consequences of this decision are far-reaching across all levels of college sports, but for now, let’s simply take a look at what it could mean for the Kentucky Wildcats if the SEC follows the Big 10’s lead.

UK’s 2020 Football Schedule w/Nonconference

Sept. 3: vs. Eastern Michigan (Lexington, Ky.)

Sept. 12: at Florida Gators (Gainesville, Fla.)

Sept. 19: vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (Lexington, Ky.)

Sept. 26: vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (Lexington, Ky.)

Oct. 3: at Auburn Tigers (Auburn, Ala.)

Oct. 10: vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers (Lexington, Ky.)

Oct. 17: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (Lexington, Ky.)

Oct. 24: at Missouri Tigers (Columbia, Mo.)

Oct. 31: BYE

Nov. 7: at Tennessee Volunteers (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Nov. 14: vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (Lexington, Ky.)

Nov. 21: vs. Georgia Bulldogs (Lexington, Ky.)

Nov. 28: at Louisville Cardinals (Louisville, Ky.)

If the SEC eliminates nonconference football games, the Governor’s Cup will be canceled, effectively wiping out a chance to throw L’s Down at Don’t-Call-Me-Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. To replace the four nonconference game, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said league officials have discussed adding more conference games. The top candidates to be added to Kentucky’s schedule are Ole Miss and (gulp) Alabama.

Player safety is the motivation behind restricting the schedule exclusively to conference opponents, making proximity a top priority when additional opponents. Oxford and Tuscaloosa are each around 460 miles from Lexington, the closest of any SEC West campuses. Since the SEC established the 12-year non-division rotation in 2014, Kentucky has played each school only once (both losses). Considering the elimination of nonconference opponents and bye weeks, all three teams could add one another to their schedules without altering the pre-existing schedule.

Kentucky’s 2020 Football All-SEC Schedule

Sept. 3: at Ole Miss Rebels (Oxford, Ms.)

Sept. 12: at Florida Gators (Gainesville, Fla.)

Sept. 19: BYE

Sept. 26: vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (Lexington, Ky.)

Oct. 3: at Auburn Tigers (Auburn, Ala.)

Oct. 10: BYE

Oct. 17: vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (Lexington, Ky.)

Oct. 24: at Missouri Tigers (Columbia, Mo.)

Oct. 31: vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (Lexington, Ky.)

Nov. 7: at Tennessee Volunteers (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Nov. 14: vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (Lexington, Ky.)

Nov. 21: vs. Georgia Bulldogs (Lexington, Ky.)

Nov. 28: BYE

Specific details on how the Big 10’s schedule will work are still unknown. It’s likely that only ten games will be played with multiple byes, giving programs wiggle room to reschedule games if a team is sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak for a week or two.

Obviously, this is all speculation. Peter Burns reported this afternoon that the league still plans to play nonconference games. The SEC may completely scrap the initial 2020 schedules and start from scratch, but if Kentucky must limit itself to playing league opponents in 2020, Mark Stoops has never had a depth chart better equipped to handle the heavy workload.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

20 Comments for What an All-SEC Football Schedule may look like for Kentucky in 2020



  1. WKY Cat
    6:25 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    5-5 with that schedule



  2. dkcr96
    6:26 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    An SEC only schedule would be awesome. Every game would be a battle and UK has the horses to compete. Now if this was 5 years ago this would be a nightmare. Added bonus is we don’t have to sit through the Eastern Michigan’s of the world now that we are as a program much better than.



  3. BBN4LIFE03
    6:46 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    They probably give us LSU and Bama cause its 2020



  4. Duuuuuude
    6:55 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Ohhh, no LSU? lol I could definitely live with this! I think we will compete. Should be fun! Lets see where we are! Probably 6-4 but we will be able to compete now.



  5. Philthy
    6:57 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    UK will play the last 2 SEC West teams they’ve faced besides MS St who is their permanent West opponent. They will add Arkansas away since Arkansas played in Lexington last year and TA&M will come to Lexington since UK played there in 2018.



  6. Thedem
    7:19 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    If all P5 confs play 10 conf games, ACC and P12 will be happy.



  7. catdaddyd
    7:20 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    They should cancel all sports until a vaccine is available. Sports are going to start and end quickly.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:26 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      Do you actually understand what you’re saying? Do you know how many viruses we’ve cured?



  8. easy
    7:56 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Proximity will not be how this is decided, because Alabama is first or second closest to pretty much every East team while A&M is furthest. So don’t count on this schedule or this reasoning.

    But 10 SEC games will undoubtedly be tougher to get wins against than 8 SEC games plus Louisville and cupcakes. Setting a fan goal for 9 wins quickly becomes 7 or 8.



  9. bbn606
    8:09 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like 6-4 to me.



  10. DoubleB65
    8:32 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    So trading Kent, Eastern Illinois, Louisville for teams farther away makes sense in the essence of player safety?

    My bet is no football.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:28 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      Will go from 3 cakewalks to 3 real opponents.



    • zoupman
      11:36 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

      Damn Wuhan virus.



  11. PensacolaCat
    11:16 pm July 9, 2020 Permalink

    This is the year to do it. There will probably be an * by the school’s name that wins the national champion after the season is over.



  12. BBNBRIAN
    6:27 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Best of luck on your 4-win 2020 season Stoops.



    • mashburnfan1
      9:59 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

      Idiot. Football program is at the highest point in my 53 years. Stoops and Staff built it from NOTHING to 4 straight bowls winning 2 straight including a New Years over a traditional power. They took kids few wanted and helped them develop to the NFL. Right now we have more talent and depth than ever. 4 wins as you say is better than the zero we would have before them. You are a jerk.



  13. Catcasey1
    7:07 am July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Marked it down we go 8 2 and the worse will be 7. 3



  14. SuperTroy18
    2:32 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    Um…please no.



  15. kjd
    3:18 pm July 10, 2020 Permalink

    So…the virus will not be an issue if only conference games are played. Unbelievable display of ignorance.



  16. largoky
    6:29 pm July 11, 2020 Permalink

    Huh, huh…Peter Burns…huh, huh…settle down Beavis!