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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Governor’s Cup football rivalry game moved to season’s final week starting in 2014

Staff report


The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville will play in the 2014 season’s final game, UK announced Wednesday along with the rest of the 2014 schedule.


According to a UK news release, the schedule change came at the request of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both conferences will be playing with 14 football members in the 2014 season.


Governor's Cup trophy. (File photo by Jon Hale)

Governor’s Cup trophy. (File photo by Jon Hale)

“I have been a huge proponent that the game should be played as the first game every year,” said UofL Athletics Director Tom Jurich in a news release. “I’m disappointed that it will not be our opening game in the future, but most importantly, we will continue to play the game. We’ll support the move at the request of both conferences and we are very excited about our future in the ACC. I’m sure that fans across the Commonwealth will be pleased to see the series continue.”


The UK vs. UofL game had been played early in the schedule since the series was renewed in 1994. The game was played as the season opener for 13 consecutive seasons, but starting in 2007 UK moved the game to week three when it was played at Commonwealth Stadium.


By moving the UofL game to the final week of the season, UK will also change the traditional date on which it plays Tennessee. The Volunteers have been scheduled as the Wildcats’ final foe since 1953 (Though the Indiana game was postponed until the final game in 2001).


You can see UK’s complete 2014 schedule below:


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