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Kentucky’s 2 new SEC opponents revealed

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Bring on Bama.

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We now know what the Kentucky Wildcats’ full 2020 slate of opponents looks like.

One week after the SEC announced it was going with a 10-game schedule for its 14 league members, all of which being conference games, Kentucky’s new two SEC foes will be on the road at Alabama and at home vs. Ole Miss. Dates and times for the entire schedule will be revealed at a later date.

Alabama finished 2019 with an 11-2 record, including a win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. They are ranked No. 3 in the Coaches Top 25 Poll. Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has won five national titles since 2009. Kentucky last played in Tuscaloosa in 2016, a game won by the home team 34-6.

Ole Miss finished 4-8 and fired head coach Matt Luke. He was replaced with Lane Kiffin, one of the biggest coaching hires of the 2020 offseason. The Rebels haven’t been to a bowl game since 2015, but they did win at Kentucky, 37-34, during the 2017 season while serving a postseason ban.

This certainly makes Kentucky’s 2020 schedule than it was before the coronavirus forced the SEC to alter its schedule. Then again, Wildcats are very rarely going to have an easy SEC schedule, and this year was already no different with road games against top-25 foes Auburn, Florida, and possibly Tennessee. They also have a home matchup with Georgia, who’s projected as a top-five team in several preseason rankings.

Now, instead of nonconference matchups with Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Eastern Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky will have two additional SEC matchups with Alabama and Ole Miss.

Bring on Bama.

Kentucky Football 2020 Schedule (so far)

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  • Eastern Michigan
  • Kent State
  • Eastern Illinois
  • at Louisville