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Alabama, Ole Miss fill out UK’s 10-game football schedule; SEC sends Wildcats to Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

The Southeastern Conference has announced the remainder of its football schedule, and Kentucky will visit Alabama and also play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game slate this season.

The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5.

“The two SEC announcements today – the medical protocols and the addition of two football opponents – help us continue planning for competition this fall,” UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staffs are dealing with unique challenges. We appreciate Commissioner (Greg) Sankey, the SEC Office and the SEC Medical Task Force for their dedication and leadership as we take the next steps in this process.”

UK head coach Mark Stoops and his Wildcats will face Alabama and Ole Miss among the 10-game SEC schedule. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today)

Kentucky had already scheduled non-divisional foes Mississippi State and Auburn this season. The dates and times for the revised schedule will be announced at a later date.

Mark Stoops and his squad will play home games against Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The road games include contests at Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee.

“We made every effort to create a schedule that is as competitive as possible and builds on the existing eight conference games that had already been scheduled for 2020,” Sankey said. “This schedule is a one-year anomaly that we have developed under unique circumstances presented by the impact of COVID-19.”

Alabama is 37-2-1 overall against the Wildcats and is 21-0 when games are played in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky dropped a 34-6 decision to the Crimson Tide in 2016 and has lost six straight to Alabama. The Wildcats defeated Alabama 40-34 in overtime in 1997, the team’s first win over the Crimson Tide since 1922.

Ole Miss defeated the Wildcats 37-34 in their last meeting in 2017. The Rebels have won two of the past three games against Kentucky.

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com.

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