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After COVID audible, here’s Kentucky’s revised 2020 football schedule

Kentucky’s (second) 2020 football schedule is complete.

The SEC on Monday unveiled the complete revised week-by-week football schedule for all 14 of its schools on the SEC Network.

UK, in order, will play at Auburn (Sept. 26); vs. Mississippi (Oct. 3); vs. Mississippi State (Oct. 10); at Tennessee (Oct. 17); vs. Georgia (Oct. 24); at Missouri (Oct. 31); vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 14); at Alabama (Nov. 21); at Florida (Nov. 28); and vs. South Carolina (Dec. 5). UK’s off week is Nov. 7.

Kentucky originally was supposed to open its 2020 season against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 3. That game is one of four against non-conference opponents — the others were Louisville, Kent State and Eastern Illinois — that won’t be played this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the first time in its history that UK will play a schedule consisting entirely of conference opponents. In a single season it has finished with a record of .500 or better only 23 times against SEC teams since the league was formed in 1933. UK has had a winning record against SEC opponents only eight times, most recently in 2018 (5-3). The Wildcats have gone unbeaten in the league once, in 1977 (6-0).

Kentucky in its history has opened the season 11 times against an SEC opponent, and is 2-9 in those games. The Wildcats haven’t played an SEC team in their opener since 1960, a 23-13 loss to then-league member Georgia Tech. Their last win against an SEC opponent in a season-opener occurred in 1946, when they defeated Mississippi 20-6.

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Josh Moore covers the University of Kentucky football team and is in his sixth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore, a Martin County native, graduated from UK with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He’s a huge fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and country music.
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