Cats' 2013 football schedule released

Kentucky's 2013 football schedule was announced Thursday. The slate features a matchup with powerhouse Alabama at Commonwealth Stadium, as well as a number of other attractive, but challenging opponents coming to Lexington.

Kentucky's 2013 football schedule will feature powerhouse Alabama and a number of other attractive, but challenging matchups in Lexington.

The Wildcats will face the Crimson Tide on Oct. 12 at Commonwealth Stadium. Nick Saban's squad, currently ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings, may come to town as back to back national champions. UK and Alabama have played only three times in Lexington since 1990 due to the current SEC rotation.

The home slate also includes Louisville, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee and non-conference opponents Miami (Ohio) and Alabama State.

The road schedule takes the Cats to Nashville for a neutral site game against Western Kentucky in the season opener on Aug. 31 at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The Cats will also make trips to South Carolina, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Georgia.

With 14 playing weekends available in the 2012 season, UK will have two open dates: Sept. 21 before the Florida matchup and Oct. 19 before a trip to Mississippi State.

The SEC has noted that this is a "bridge" schedule which is not based on previous or future scheduling formats. The league is still working on a plan to set up permanent cross-division opponents after the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M. That schedule will begin in 2014.

"As we began working on the 2013 football schedule, it became apparent that the conference would need another year of the ‘bridge' schedule to make everything work," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement released by the league. "I appreciate the SEC transition team and our athletics directors, who came together to put this schedule in place. We look forward to starting with our new scheduling rotation in 2014."

The eight-game conference schedule consists of six games played inside the division and two games against teams from the opposite division. The cross-divisional common opponents that were previously announced by the conference will not take place until 2014.

***** 2013 KENTUCKY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:

Aug. 31 vs. WKU Nashville
Sept. 7 Miami (Ohio) H
Sept. 14 Louisville H
Sept. 21 open
Sept. 28 Florida H
Oct. 5 at South Carolina Columbia
Oct. 12 Alabama H
Oct. 19 open
Oct. 26 at Mississippi State Starkville
Nov. 2 Alabama State H
Nov. 9 Missouri H
Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt Nashville
Nov. 23 at Georgia Athens
Nov. 30 Tennessee H

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