Wednesday night, the SEC revealed their plans on matchups across the conference including Oklahoma and Texas, the two schools joining the league in 2024. With the decision to go with the 8 conference game layout, it seems Greg Sankey and the SEC board wanted to get things situated even earlier than usual. Without further ado, Kentucky's schedule.
After an hour long presentation on SEC Network, Kentucky fans learned their Cats will be headed to Austin, Texas to face the Longhorns. Kentucky will play Texas for the second time in the history of the two programs, a series that started with a Longhorn 7-6 win a season after Kentucky's 1951 Sugar Bowl win. The Wildcats will return to Austin for the first time since that win.
The schedule will have 4 conference games at home, including Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt. The Cats will travel to Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Texas. With the removal of the classic East and West divisions, Kentucky did not make a HUGE jump from their typical home East schedule besides losing the home-and-home with Mississippi State, dropping a one-sided rivalry in Missouri and gaining Auburn, a team Kentucky last faced in 2020. On the road, however, there will be some pretty historic changes. After surviving 12 seasons without going to "The Grove" in Ole Miss, Kentucky fans will experience a double-dose of Oxford, Mississippi in the span of 3 years.
Dates of the 2024 SEC schedule will come at a later date. According to the SEC, the formula for determining the conference schedule involves 2 primary factors: traditional opponents and balance of overall schedule strength. With every team playing either Texas or Oklahoma in their debut seasons, it appears as though both teams will get a quick taste of what it looks like to play in the toughest football conference on the planet. It just means more.