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2014 Kentucky Football Schedule Announced; Wildcats to Close Regular Season vs. Tennessee, Louisville

uk footballLEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky football schedule for the 2014 season has been announced in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference schedule released Wednesdayby the league office.

Next year’s slate will include timing adjustments for games against rivals Louisville and Tennessee. As requested by the SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Kentucky vs. Louisville game will be moved to the final game of the regular season beginning in 2014.

The leagues moved the game as a result of adjustments in scheduling brought on by the conference expansions undertaken in both the SEC and ACC. The SEC went to 14 schools a year ago and the ACC will be at 14 football-playing institutions when Louisville joins the league in the summer of 2014.  For the ‘14 season, the Cardinals will play host to the Wildcats on Nov. 29.

The UK vs. UofL game had been played early in the schedule since the series was renewed in 1994. For Kentucky, moving the game to the end of the regular season also will require another adjustment.  Tennessee has been scheduled as the Wildcats’ final foe since 1953 and the Volunteers will now move to Nov. 15, 2014, meaning that UK will close the regular season with a pair of rivalry games.

The switch of the Kentucky-Louisville game date means that there will be four SEC vs. ACC in-state rivalry matchups on the final weekend of the season. The Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and South Carolina-Clemson tilts also are on that weekend.

The remainder of Kentucky’s non-conference schedule in 2014 includes three home games – the season opener against the University of Tennessee at Martin on Aug. 30, followed by Ohio University on Sept. 6. The Wildcats will play host to the University of Louisiana at Monroe onOct. 11. This will be the first time that UK has played UT Martin. UK last played Ohio in 2004 and ULM in 2009.

The Wildcats continue to kick off the SEC schedule against Florida on Sept. 13 in Gainesville, the sixth consecutive season that UK’s league lidlifter comes against the Gators. One other significant timing change comes with the Vanderbilt game. Having played VU in November every season since 1953, the Wildcats will host the Commodores on Sept. 27, 2014.

Kentucky will continue to play the other Eastern Division opponents, with South Carolina and Georgia at home and Missouri on the road. UK’s permanent opponent from the Western Division, Mississippi State, will visit Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky’s rotating opponent from the SEC West will be a game at LSU, which replaces Alabama from the 2013 schedule. The Wildcats last tangled with the Tigers in 2011.

Here is Kentucky’s complete 2014 schedule:

Aug. 30            UT Martin
Sept. 6             Ohio University
Sept. 13           at Florida
Sept. 20           open
Sept. 27           Vanderbilt
Oct. 4              South Carolina
Oct. 11            ULM
Oct. 18            at LSU
Oct. 25            Mississippi State
Nov. 1              at Missouri
Nov. 8              Georgia
Nov. 15            at Tennessee
Nov. 22            open
Nov. 29            at Louisville

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  1. goUKats

    Moving the UL game to the final game of the season is a great move.A very good way to close out the season,and should add a ton of interest to the rivalry.

  2. Larry Pup

    I like Louisville being last, but look at the away games, at Florida, at LSU, at Tennessee, at Louisville. Also with UT and UL back to back that is a recipe for disaster. The good news is we should have a good recruiting class inbound in 2014. Seems like everything involving Louisville is coming out in their favor of late. The CATS have to find a way to cut them down anyway.

  3. Larry Pup

    There is an open date between UT and UL. That will help.

  4. Kokamo Joe

    When both teams are competitive I would much rather have the game first. It gives us the entire summer to anticipate. When one of the two is weak, like now or during the Kragthorpe era, I could care less.

    There has been some talk about the SEC going to 9 games. If that happens UK might consider dropping UL. I hope that that does not happen.

    In such a case, the decision to drop or not drop might signal the ambition that the University has for it’s football program. I see UL as, at best, a mid level SEC program.
    If UK wants to compete for an SEC title, it should not fear UL and therefore would not drop them. If UK’s highest ambition is rising from the basement to a mid level SEC team and a string of low level bowl games, then dropping UL would make sense.

  5. Millcat

    I really like having UL at the end of the season / as we improve we shouldn’t worry about who we play /

  6. goUKats

    UK fans are going to have to change their way of thinking.Stoops and staff hopefully are not going to have the kind of football program that we have seen in the past,and over time become very competitive in the SEC.On the other hand,UL will not have the soft schedule they are used to having once they enter ACC play.

    Maybe I’m looking at the Stoops program through “Blue tinted glasses”,but I have this feeling that UK finally has a coach in place who can and will get it done.

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