What we'll see
The last time Kentucky and Louisville took to the football field, the Cats beat Tennessee and the Cards lost to North Carolina State. Nine months later — and no more games played since — the separation in the programs seems as wide as the Grand Canyon. Louisville is a two-touchdown favorite, and Kentucky is battling to save Coach Joker Phillips' job. It will be fun to see where perception and reality meet at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. (3:30 p.m., ESPN)
If the arrival of football is not signal enough that autumn is emerging, then the departure of baseball is the surest sign. The Lexington Legends close their season with a Labor Day game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against Rome (12:05 p.m., WLXG-AM 1300)
The NFL is attempting something nobody has seen in 64 years: a regular-season game on a Wednesday. And it's the season opener, no less. The Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants (8:30 p.m., NBC-18) on hump day to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The last time an NFL game was played on a Wednesday was Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams beat the Lions 44-7.
Kentucky plays host to Kent State in its football home opener at Commonwealth Stadium. What we know about the Golden Flashes is they won their season opener despite returning a punt the wrong way. What we know about Kentucky is that it badly needs its season opener to go the right way. (7:30 p.m., CSS, ESPN3)
Western Kentucky gets a shot at defending national champion Alabama. With a trip to Kentucky looming the following week, the Hilltoppers might just be looking to get out of Tuscaloosa with a big paycheck and a football team somewhat intact. (3:30 p.m., ESPN3)