SEC announces 2013 football schedule

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The Southeastern Conference released the 2013 football schedule Thursday, unveiling a slew of new and old foes for the Cats.

UK opens the season, much like 2011, with a trip to Nashville for a game against Western Kentucky at LG Stadium, which hosts the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

The Cats then return home for four weeks, one being a bye, against some familiar faces.

The team’s first game at home is against Miami (Ohio) in its first meeting against the Redhawks since 2009 at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium, where the Cats walked away  a 42-0 victor.

The Governor’s Cup follows for week three, as UK looks to avenge its 32-14 loss from the 2012 season opener.

Ensuing weeks place the Cats in a gauntlet against the Florida Gators on Sept. 28, at South Carolina on Oct. 5 and a return to Lexington on Oct. 12 against Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

UK’s schedule brings new conference opponent Missouri to Lexington, for the Cats to have an opportunity to move the programs’ series record that dates back to 1904 to 3-1 over the Tigers.

Back-to-back road conference road games against Vanderbilt and Georgia follow before the Cats play host to Tennessee for the first time since a 2011 win that snapped the nation’s longest winning record by any one team.

Aug. 31            vs. WKU                        Nashville

Sept. 7             Miami (Ohio)               Lexington

Sept. 14           Louisville                       Lexington

Sept. 21           open

Sept. 28           Florida                           Lexington

Oct. 5              @ South Carolina        Columbia

Oct. 12            Alabama                        Lexington

Oct. 19            open

Oct. 26            @ Mississippi State     Starkville

Nov. 2              Alabama State              Lexington

Nov. 9              Missouri                         Lexington

Nov. 16            @ Vanderbilt                 Nashville

Nov. 23            @ Georgia                      Athens

Nov. 30            Tennessee                     Lexington