While this piece is solely conjecture by Mark Schlabach, UK's OOC schedule is fairly weak.
While we do have the usual dates with UF, UT and Alabama (at Commonwealth), and UGA in Athens, the OCC schedule is...well, pathetic. Especially with U of L mired in football obsolescence.
Miami (OH) - 1-7 in the MAC (!), 2-10 overall; beat Charleston Southern and Bowling Green
Louisville - Well, you know. (1-6 BE, 5-7 overall; Who is the new QB? Matt Simms?)
Louisiana-Monroe - 3-4 in Sun Belt, 4-8 overall
Eastern Kentucky - FCS team, tops in OVC last season
Now, let me make it clear that I didn't make this post to condemn UK football's scheduling choices. We are not in the position yet as a national power to be validly criticized for scheduling softly outside the SEC. However, you can call each and every one of these 4 dates "trap" games that could ruin, or at least substantially hinder, what many of us fans consider to be a promising season. I'm not saying you should schedule OOC games with opponents who you expect to lose to; I guess I'm just saying that if you schedule OOC games against teams there is no excuse for you NOT to beat, you had better beat them.
No matter what happens, I can't wait.
Notice - happily - how times have changed and I just assume we'll handle U of L.