On Saturday, August 31st, the Kentucky Wildcats and Toledo Rockets will open the 2019 season against one another at Kroger Field in Lexington. It will be the first time the two programs have ever faced off, despite only being separated by 284 miles.
It appears that talks between the two schools to plan their 2019 matchup went well, because on Tuesday, it was reported that the programs have booked a three-game series with Kentucky playing host to Toledo in both 2025 and 2028, and the Cats will travel to the Glass City in 2027.
Kentucky, Toledo add 3-game series; 2025 & 2028 at Kentucky, 2027 at Toledo— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 20, 2019
The Cats have not played on the road against a team from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in the Stoops era, though they were supposed to play Eastern Michigan on the road this season, but the game was moved to Lexington.
Now, the Wildcats have trips to schools in the MAC planned with Toledo in 2027 and a trip to Akron to take on the Zips in 2023.
You might think it’s odd for an SEC team to play on the road vs MAC teams, but this could actually be a great strategy for a UK program that recruits heavily Ohio. Having games there could possibly help those efforts.
Toledo has dominated the MAC of late as the last three years they have put together the conferences top recruiting classes and are on pace to finish with the top class in the conference again in 2020.
Thus, despite being a non-power five opponent, Kentucky will likely have their hands full in all of their future meetings with the Rockets.