Personally, I would have thought Kentucky/Auburn would have rated a little bit higher on the respect meter. Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez gave the right answer when asked. “We’re just ready to play,” he said. It doesn’t matter what time it is. The game could kick off at 8 o’clock in the morning, and we’re still going to come out and play our best game.”
Our Just the Cats intern, Jordan Brown, gives you the scoop on TV times and schedules.
Kentucky Football: First two games scheduled on SEC Network
By Jordan Brown
The answer to whether this year’s Kentucky team will be able to compete during this All-SEC schedule is soon to be answered. With no non-conference games to warm up the season, many are wondering what kind of performance the Wildcats will show us during week one. Kentucky usually starts the season with a non-conference game at Kroger field, so there is no room for error this year as they open up on the road at Auburn.
On Tuesday, the first two games’ kick off times and television stations were announced for the 2020 season by the Southeastern Conference. Mark Stoops and his team will travel to Auburn to open up the 10-game conference-only schedule on Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon ET. Coming back home for next week, the Wildcats will host the Ole Miss Rebels at Kroger Field. That game is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. ET. Both of Kentucky’s first two games will be shown on SEC Network.
The SEC also announced that the key rivalry between the Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers will be either a noon, 3:30, or 4 p.m. ET kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 16. The game could be televised on either the SEC Network, SEC Network Alternate or another ESPN platform. I would expect this to be on SEC Network. You would think the rest of the Southeast loves watching this rivalry as much as Kentucky fans do.
The Halloween road game at Missouri will be a noon ET kickoff on the SEC Network. Games that have not been announced prior to the start of the season are normally chosen with a twelve or six-day process throughout the season.
The SEC decided on the later start to the season in July to allow universities and communities to focus on the health of their campuses. The plan is to slowly re-introduce athletics to the participating universities.
UK athletics realizes that stadium capacity will be very slim due to local and state restriction on public health. Information for fans regarding tickets, parking, tailgating, and safety protocol will be released closer to the first home game. The fact that UK has not come out and said “no fans at all” gives a feeling that there will be some crowd attendance during the games. Though this is something still up in the air, it does gives Big Blue Nation something else to look forward to heading into week one. It’s another huge decision the university and conference has to make.
Jordan Brown is a Print Journalism major at the University of Kentucky. He was born and raised in Lexington and has been passionately following the Wildcats for the majority of his life. He played basketball in high school and is currently also serving as an assistant high school coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar in Lexington.