The SEC is now following the lead of the Big Ten and Pac-12 Power 5 conferences in moving to a league-only football schedule this fall, according to a report from Sports Illustrated.
In this plan, the season will start on Sept. 26 and each team will play ten conference opponents, six from the same division per usual and then adding two more opponents from the opposite division.
This is what Kentucky’s schedule is presumed to look like as of now without the dates set:
Kentucky would add LSU and Ole Miss because those were the two rotating West Division opponents that the Cats would be playing in the next few seasons. The SEC title game is scheduled to be on Dec. 19, with two teams that have the best record in each division will compete like usual.
Recently, the ACC announced they will be playing a 10-game conference-only schedule while allowing each team to schedule an out-of-conference opponent that is in the same state — giving hope that maybe the UK/UofL series would continue. However, this announcement by the SEC would mean currently the Cats would not be able to play the Cards unless possibly granted a waiver by the league.
According to Sports Illustrated, the SEC will be scheduling the two additional conference opponent from the opposite division based on strength of schedule, which would mean UK might not be playing LSU and Ole Miss after all.
Also, here is UK Head Coach Mark Stoops’ reaction from the announcement via press release:
“I’m glad there is a plan in place so we can move forward with preparations for the season. I understand and support the decision to begin on September 26. Everyone would like to play a full schedule, including our rivalry game with Louisville, but this timing and format gives us our best opportunity to adjust to these unique circumstances.”