Kentucky playing WKU on ESPNews

July, 15, 2013
7/15/13
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Kentucky's season opener against Western Kentucky has found a TV slot.

The Wildcats will face the Hilltoppers on ESPNews at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 31, the Sun Belt Conference announced Monday. The game will be played at LP Field in Nashville and will bring Bobby Petrino back to SEC country against a team that he was linked to before he took the job at Western Kentucky.

With Petrino manning things, this certainly won't be an easy opener for Kentucky or new coach Mark Stoops. The Hilltoppers were a bowl team last year and should be even better under Petrino. It'll be a challenging opener for Stoops, but that might not be a bad thing for him.

Kentucky fans are very excited about the Stoops era getting started on the field and getting a win against someone like Petrino will definitely give Stoops some momentum. No, it's not Arkansas, but Western Kentucky bested Kentucky last year and just having the Petrino name on the other sideline will make this a very intriguing game. Every win will be big for Stoops in his first year, but starting off the season with a win will go a long way.

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