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Kentucky To Open 2013 Season In NFL Stadium

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The Kentucky Wildcats will open the 2013 season with a game in an NFL stadium. Just after the Southeastern Conference released its full 2013 schedule on Thursday, Kentucky announced its slate for next year. The Wildcats will face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a season-opener on Aug. 31 at Nashville’s LP Field, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Kentucky will play in an NFL stadium for the sixth time in its history.

Western Kentucky edged host Kentucky 32-31 in overtime when the two teams met at Commonwealth Stadium earlier this season.

Current Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips remains on the hot seat. Kentucky is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the SEC heading into its Homecoming game versus the Georgia Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SEC). Phillips is in his third season as head coach of the Wildcats. He compiled a 6-7 record in 2010 and guided the Wildcats to a 5-7 mark last season. Kentucky has finished fifth in the SEC’s East Division for two straight years.

Kentucky won’t have to play on an opposing team’s field until early-October. In all, Kentucky will entertain opponents in seven home games. The home portion of Kentucky’s 2013 schedule will feature games versus the Miami RedHawks (Sept. 7), Louisville Cardinals (Sept. 14), Florida Gators (Sept. 28), Alabama Crimson Tide (Oct. 12), Alabama State Hornets (Nov. 2) , Missouri Tigers (Nov. 9)  and Tennessee Volunteers (Nov. 30). Kentucky will host Alabama on Oct.  12. Kentucky has struggled against the Tide. How much have the Wildcats struggled in games played against Alabama? Kentucky is 2-35-1 all-time against the Tide in a lopsided conference series.

The Wildcats will play Alabama State for the first time.

Kentucky will visit the South Carolina Gamecocks (Oct. 5), Mississippi State Bulldogs (Oct. 26), Vanderbilt Commodores (Nov. 16) and Georgia Bulldogs (Nov. 23) for games next season.