Akron-Kentucky series makes edits, Zips to host on Friday in 2023

The Akron-Kentucky football series was originally slated for three games spanning from 2021 through 2024, but now the first game won’t be played until 2023.

The dates for the original dates were set for Sept. 18, 2021 at Kentucky, Sept. 16, 2023 at Akron, and Aug. 31, 2024 at Kentucky — all Saturday games.  The new agreement includes two moves. The 2021 game was pushed to Saturday, Aug. 31, 2026 and the 2023 game at InfoCision Stadium was moved up from Saturday to Friday. The 2024 season-opener remains unchanged.

According to the FBSchedules.com report, the 2021 game was postponed because the Wildcats added a game with New Mexico State in that slot. The report also says that Akron’s getting $200,000 more than the original agreement’s worth.

Sure, having a home game on Friday night when high school games are going on is pretty inconvenient to the locals, but if Akron can milk the most out of its (potential) national television exposure in 2023 (there won’t be many other FBS games on that night) then this should add a little more excitement for the program. Also, what MAC school says no to $200k?

Click here for MAC Prospectus’s updated non-conference schedule tracker. 

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