UK football

Kentucky trades LSU for Missouri on revised SEC football schedule

UK plays at Missouri, not home vs. LSU

jsmith3@herald-leader.comDecember 29, 2011 

Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips watched his team fall to Tennessee 24-14 on Nov. 27 last season. UK has been beaten by the Volunteers 26 straight times. "I'm not going to talk about the streak," Phillips said Monday.

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  • Kentucky's 2012 football schedule

    (Home games in capital letters. Kickoff times to be determined.)

    Sept. 1 at Louisville

    Sept. 8 KENT STATE

    Sept. 15 WESTERN KENTUCKY

    Sept. 22 at Florida

    Sept. 29 SOUTH CAROLINA

    Oct. 6 MISSISSIPPI STATE

    Oct. 13 at Arkansas

    Oct. 20 GEORGIA

    Oct. 27 at Missouri

    Nov. 3 VANDERBILT

    Nov. 17 SAMFORD

    Nov. 24 at Tennessee

Next season's revised Southeastern Conference football schedule looks to have set up favorably for Kentucky.

The schedule, which was released by the SEC on Wednesday morning, stayed with the eight-game format when moving Missouri and Texas A&M into the mix.

With the new additions, there had to be some reshuffling and six of UK's eight SEC games had a date change.

The movement includes a UK trip to Missouri (Oct. 27) with no return trip from Louisiana State as previously scheduled, and it also means a second straight season where Mississippi State will have to play in Lexington (Oct. 6).

By virtue of the SEC's normal schedule rotation, Arkansas replaces Mississippi on UK's schedule.

The Cats' bye week was moved to a later date (Nov. 10).

Kentucky's non-conference schedule will remain the same with games at Louisville and home games against Kent State, Western Kentucky and Samford.

The SEC release indicates that the 2012 schedule — with six games in division and two out of division — may not be the permanent fix moving forward.

"The SEC athletics directors will convene in spring 2012 to begin formulating scheduling principles for the 2013 season and beyond," the release said.

This season's schedule has Missouri playing in the East Division and Texas A&M playing in the West.

The 2012 SEC title game will be played on Dec. 1 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

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