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UK-U of L moving to final week of regular season in 2014

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On Wednesday, UK released its 2014 football schedule. As always, there's plenty to talk about during the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule, but there's no confusing the biggest news.

Kentucky's annual Governor's Cup showdown with Louisville is on the move.

The Wildcats and Cardinals will face off on Nov. 29, 2014, the final Saturday of the regular season, in Louisville. Since the renewal of the series in 1994, games have been played early in the season, so this marks the start of a new tradition.

The move comes at the request of the SEC and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Both leagues will have 14 football-playing members beginning next season, necessitating scheduling adjustments. With UK and U of L playing on the final weekend, there will now be four in-state SEC-ACC matchups to end the season. Florida-Florida State, Clemson-South Carolina and Georgia-Georgia Tech will also be played that weekend.

The new post-Thanksgiving date for UK-U of L does mean other schedule changes had to be made. After UK and Tennessee played their final regular-season games against one another every year since 1953, the game will move to Nov. 15, 2014. UK's game against Vanderbilt also moves from November to Sept. 27, 2014.

SEC schedules remain at eight games for 2014, meaning UK will once again face six opponents from the Eastern Division and two from the West. The Cats take on permanent opponent Mississippi State on Oct. 25 in Commonwealth Stadium and will travel to Louisiana State on Oct. 18. UK's nonconference games will all be at home: University of Tennessee at Martin on Aug. 30, Ohio University on Sept. 6 and University of Louisiana at Monroe on Oct. 11.

UK will have two open dates in 2014 and they seem to come at good times. The Cats will be off on Sept. 20 following an always-tough trip to Florida on Sept. 13 and prior to a home game against Vandy on Sept. Later, UK will be off between its games at Tennessee and Louisville.

For more on UK's 2014 schedule, here's the complete release.

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