Kentucky football unveils complete 2024 schedule


Isabel McSwain

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops coaches his team during the Kentucky vs. Iowa Music City Bowl football game on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. UK lost 21-0. Photo by Isabel McSwain | Staff

Cole Parke, Sports Editor

Kentucky football unveiled its complete 2024 football schedule, revealing the slate of games the team will play in the first season that Texas and Oklahoma join the Southeastern Conference (SEC) from the Big 12.

Of the games on the schedule the dates for all non-conference games have been revealed, while all conference matchups have yet to be given dates.

The Cats will open up their non-conference schedule on the road, an oddity for the team, traveling up north to continue their pattern of playing a Mid-American Conference (MAC) school in week one.

The game, kicking off on August 31, will see UK battle the Akron Zips in part of a two-home-one-away series the school agreed upon with Akron.

Up next outside the SEC the Cats will host all three remaining non-conference opponents. First, Kentucky will welcome another MAC school, Ohio, on September 21.

The next matchup for Kentucky will be its annual FCS opponent, this time the Murray State Racers, which will travel to Kroger Field on November 16.

Finally in the non-conference schedule, Kentucky will have its usual Governor’s Cup matchup against Louisville, with this meeting taking place in Lexington on November 30.

While the remaining conference games don’t have dates attached, the opponents and locations have been revealed.

On the home side of things Kentucky will welcome the Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, South Carolina Gamecocks and Vanderbilt Commodores to Kroger Field.

Looking at the road schedule, Kentucky also has four road SEC games.

First, the Cats travel to Gainesville to duel the Florida Gators in an annual rivalry match. After that showdown the Cats will go to Oxford once again for a matchup against Ole Miss.

In another rivalry match that has become an annual tradition, Kentucky will travel to Knoxville to duel Tennessee.

Finally, and perhaps the most highly touted matchup on the schedule, Kentucky is set to travel to Austin to face off against the Texas Longhorns in the latter’s first year in the conference.

The 2024 season has eight conference games, though the debate between eight or nine conference games continues to rage in conference meetings.

In the meantime, Kentucky will open up its 2023 football season against MAC opponent Ball State on September 2.