Kentucky football is just two years removed from a ten-win season but is trying to move past last year’s disappointing season. In 2022 The Wildcats went 7-6 overall, 3-5 in the SEC, and came away with a loss in their bowl game. The Wildcats will start a new QB in 2023 and will enter the 11th season of the Mark Stoops era. Winning in the SEC isn’t easy, could this be the year the Wildcats climb back up for SEC East contention? Let’s check out the 2023 Kentucky Football schedule and give you a mini preview.
2023 Kentucky Football Schedule
Sept 2 Ball State
Sept 9 Eastern Kentucky
Sept 16 Akron
Sept 23 at Vanderbilt
Sept 30 Florida
Oct 7 at Georgia
Oct 14 Missouri
Oct 21 OPEN DATE
Oct 28 Tennessee
Nov 4 at Mississippi State
Nov 11 Alabama
Nov 18 at South Carolina
Nov 25 at Louisville
Starting 3-0 is MANDATORY
We all understand that winning in the SEC is TOUGH, we get that it is the toughest conference in the nation. Starting off the season with three cupcakes kind of offsets this. While the Wildcats have bigger hopes than just a bowl game, losing any of these three could seal their postseason hopes. Take Akron for instance, they only have five wins in the past four seasons. Playing an instate FCS team and two MAC teams should guarantee an opening 3-0 start. If Kentucky does not start 3-0, some severe evaluations will need to happen. Regardless of new faces in some positions.
November is WILD
They say great football teams win in the month of November and the November slate for Kentucky is BRUTAL. On a positive note Mississippi State (RIP Pirate) and Louisville will have new head coaches, but those two head coaches will have their teams figured out near the end of 2023.
While Shane Beamer currently has things rolling at South Carolina, and then the GOAT Nick Saban will be waiting on November 11th. I think realistic Kentucky fans will be gunning for 3-1 here but would settle for a 2-2 split in the month of November.
Take Care of the Must Wins
Since Mark Stoops has been at Kentucky, he has usually done a great job of winning the games he is supposed to win. They lost to Vanderbilt last year. Kentucky should be at the point where it’s a guaranteed win yearly. Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, Akron, and Vanderbilt need to be must-win games for this season to have a chance.
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