Preview: No. 8 Kentucky vs. Northern Illinois
Click below to read more of Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com’s preview coverage ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky-Northern Illinois football game at 7 p.m. at Kroger Field in Lexington.
The future of the SEC football schedule still changingbut the current format will carry over to 2023.
Kentucky’s 2023 schedule is particularly prominent with home games against Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. The Wildcats also host Missouri and will travel to Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt for SEC games. England started the season with consecutive home games against Ball State, Eastern Kentucky and Akron, before ending the regular season at arch-rivals Louisville.
The matchup in Kentucky’s 2023 schedule was already known, but the SEC released the date for the game on Tuesday night.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2023 roster.
All-New SEC Opener
In recent years, Kentucky has typically faced Vanderbilt near the end of its SEC roster, but the Wildcats will open an SEC game at Vanderbilt in the fourth weekend of next September. Kentucky’s last face-to-face alignment will be in September 2014. The last time Great Britain opened an SEC game against Vanderbilt was in 1941.
A well-timed goodbye week
The Wildcats’ October offseason begins after seven straight games this season. The hardest part of this stretch seems to be the back-to-back games against Florida and Georgia. Kentucky will then play Missouri a week earlier, before a major SEC East matchup with rival Tennessee on Oct. 28 at Kroger Field. An extra week for Tennessee could help overcome Britain’s historic struggles in the series.
Alabama returns to Lexington
Kentucky will host Nick Saban and perennial national title contender Alabama in their final home game of the season on Nov. 11. Alabama last played in Lexington in 2013. The Wildcats went 2-38-1 against the Crimson Tide. Britain’s last victory in the series came in overtime in 1997.
2023 Kentucky Football Schedule
all caps home games
September 2: ball state
September 9: Eastern Kentucky
September 16: Akron
September 23: in Vanderbilt
September 30: Florida
October 7: in Georgia
October 14: Missouri
October 21st: Open
October 28: Tennessee
November 4th: in Mississippi
November 11: Alabama
November 18: in South Carolina
November 25: in louisville
This story was originally published September 20, 2022 at 7:40 pm.