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NCAA Football: South Carolina at Kentucky Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The time has officially come — it’s Game Week in the bluegrass. Kentucky Football is back and will kick off their 2021 season at home this Saturday against University of Louisiana Monroe. After going 5-6 in a COVID-inflicted season last year, their is much optimism surrounding this team to be ranked in the Top-25 by the end of the season.

Kentucky lost several key components to the NFL Draft this past spring, but thanks to consistent recruiting year after year they appear to be ready to fill in the gaps and take a step forward with the young, competitive talent that they’ve developed under head coach Mark Stoops and his staff.

The team’s season opener will kick off a three game home stretch against, UL Monroe-Missouri-Chattanooga before Kentucky hits the road to South Carolina. They’ll then kick off October with back-to-back home games against Florida and LSU before traveling to Georgia. The BYE week will allow for a much needed rest before they’re back on the road at Mississippi State. Their final four games of the regular season will then be scheduled to host Tennessee, at Vanderbilt, at home vs. New Mexico State and a finale at Louisville.

But all of the action starts with UL Monroe on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 PM EDT and the game will air on SEC Network. You can find last minute tickets on Vivid Seats.

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