The UK Football team will play eight home games in a refurbished Commonwealth Stadium in 2015.
The fall of 2015 will start a new chapter for the University of Kentucky football program with the opening of The New CWS, and fans can now start making plans for fall trips to Lexington as the Wildcats’ 2015 schedule, including eight home games, was released Tuesday night.
The challenging 2015 schedule includes non-conference home games against UL Lafayette, EKU, Charlotte and Louisville. Kentucky will play an eight-game Southeastern Conference schedule, facing SEC Eastern Division opponents Florida, Missouri and Tennessee at home and South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt on the road. UK will host Auburn on a Thursday night in Lexington, before traveling to Mississippi State the following weekend to complete play against SEC Western Division opponents.
Kentucky will start its 2015 season at home on Sept. 5 against UL Lafayette, marking the second straight season UK has opened a season at home after neutral-site or true road game season openers the previous six seasons. The Wildcats start SEC play at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina on Sept. 12, before returning to Lexington to start a four-game home stretch, including contests against Florida on Sept. 19 and Missouri on Sept. 26 to complete the month of September.
The Wildcats will leave conference play to start October, hosting in-state foe EKU on Oct. 3, before an open date on Oct. 10 and a Thursday home game vs. Auburn on Oct. 15. It will be Kentucky’s first-ever Thursday home game. Kentucky concludes the month of October by traveling to Mississippi State on Oct. 24 and hosting Tennessee on Oct. 31. It will be the earliest UK and UT have met since 1909.
UK starts November on the road, traveling to Georgia on Nov. 7 and Vanderbilt on Nov. 14. The VU game will conclude SEC action for the Wildcats as they play host to Charlotte on Nov. 21 and in-state rival Louisville on Nov. 28 to conclude regular-season play. It will be the first time UK has ended the regular season with consecutive non-conference games since joining the SEC in 1933.
For the 24th consecutive year, the 2015 regular season will culminate with the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, December 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The complete 2015 schedule is listed below.
Date Opponent 2014 Record 2014 Ranking (as of Oct. 12)
Sept. 5 UL LAFAYETTE 2-3 not ranked
Sept. 12 at South Carolina 3-3 receiving votes in AP
Sept. 19 FLORIDA 3-2 not ranked
Sept. 26 MISSOURI 4-2 not ranked
Oct. 3 EKU 6-0 No. 12 in FCS Coaches’ Poll
Oct. 10 Open date - -
Oct. 15 (Thu.) AUBURN 5-1 No. 6 AP; No. 8 USA Today
Oct. 24 at Mississippi State 6-0 No. 1 AP; No. 1 USA Today
Oct. 31 TENNESSEE 3-3 not ranked
Nov. 7 at Georgia 5-1 No. 10 AP; No. 10 USA Today
Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt 2-5 not ranked
Nov. 21 CHARLOTTE 3-4 not ranked
Nov. 28 LOUISVILLE 5-2 receiving votes in AP