There were mixed emotions last week when the SEC announced their intentions to play a 10-game schedule that included conference opponents only.
Fans and players were clearly excited about then plan to move forward with football but also had some adverse reactions to removing nonconference opponents, essentially eliminating rivalry week.
From a Kentucky standpoint you could look at this in two different ways. Sure, it stings deep coming to the realization that the UK-UL football game doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in 2020. Not only are the Cardinals their biggest rival, but the Cats have busted out the whooping stick the last two years and there was no reason to think this year would have been any different.
That being said, any college football fan knows just how good the SEC is. So adding two additional games during a year where preseason expectations have never been so high may not be such a terrible thing. In fact, if Mark Stoops was able to mirror the success of late and the Cats could win 6 or 7 games, I’d say most people would consider that a great year and assist in capturing even more national respect.
Now the question at hand is — who would the Kentucky Wildcats add as their two new opponents?
Bud Elliott of 247 Sports took at stab at providing an educated guess at who each SEC school would add to their schedule.
Elliott’s choice for UKs additions are the LSU Tigers and Ole Miss Rebels, which is actually who UK would get if they simply face the next two non-permanent SEC West opponents over the next two seasons (but we now know that is not how the SEC will decide the two added opponents).
I for one think it would be pretty awesome for the Cats to get a shot at the defending national champions with their of their best teams in recent memory.
Regardless of how the pieces fall —- playing football, any football, will be terrific.
Do you have a preference on which opponents UK adds?