EKU Football is back.
While the Colonels opened their season with a tough 66-13 defeat at Big 12 opponent Cincinnati, EKU fans are as optimistic as ever about their teams chances at being a football powerhouse once again.
Being predicted by many football pundits as the overall favorite to win the United Athletic Conference, EKU looks to show why they belong in the conversation of being an FCS great.
With Walt Wells leading the charge of the new-era Colonels, EKU football attendance has risen, along with the amount of wins they are tallying per season. Since Wells arrived in 2020, The Colonels have gotten more wins or at the least tied the amount of wins from the season before.
As the 2023 season picks up its pace, the Colonels face one more FBS giant before beginning a schedule they could thrive in. This week, EKU takes a 30 minute drive up I-75 to face the University of Kentucky, a team which EKU has almost beaten in the last two matchups. The Colonels lost in overtime 34-27 to Kentucky back in 2015, and lost 27-16 in the 2017 season to the Cats.
While UK has improved mightily since those last matchups, so have the Colonels. This matchup is extra special for fans in Central Kentucky, who grew up in Richmond as Wildcats and Colonels supporters.
While many EKU fans will be repping the Maroon and White for this weekends matchup, Saturday’s game will be a chance for these local football programs to compete against one another for bragging rights and a chance to get better as the long college football season is still in its early season stage.
The Colonels and Wildcats will kickoff at 3:00 PM this Saturday, September 9th, 2023.