The University of Kentucky is still a basketball town, but improvements under Mark Stoops have put more eyeballs on the football program. After going 2-10 (0-8 SEC record) in 2013, the Wildcats improved last season in finishing with a 5-7 overall record (2-6 SEC record), perhaps serving as a sign of things to come.
To go along with a top-35 recruiting class according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com, the Wildcats return seven offensive starters and six defensive starters. Most importantly, dual-threat quarterback Patrick Towles will return under center, giving Kentucky some consistency from their successful 2014 season.
The Wildcats are giving their fans a reason to visit Lexington during the basketball offseason. Flights to Lexington can be booked through Hipmunk.com for any out of town Wildcats’ fans looking to check out the improved football team. Hotels in Lexington can be reserved as well, with two options starting from less than $60 a night.
Being the SEC, Kentucky does not lack quality opponents. With information provided by TiqIQ.com, below are a few of the highest-priced Kentucky football tickets on the secondary market for the upcoming season.
Most Expensive: 11/7/2015 | Georgia Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats | Sanford Stadium | Average Price: $172.29 | Get-in Price: $62
All of the returning defensive players for Kentucky are seniors. Without question, they will be playing with the memory of last season, when the Bulldogs hung 63 points on them in Lexington. Kentucky’s most expensive game of the season is when they travel into Sanford Stadium and try to steal a win from SEC powerhouse Georgia.
10/15/2015 | Kentucky Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers | Commonwealth Stadium | Average Price: $109.11 | Get-in Price: $66
Kentucky has not played Auburn since 2010 but this year’s meeting will be special for the Wildcats and their home fans. The game against Auburn will be the first home game on a Thursday night in the program’s history. It is the final game of a four-game home stretch that will be a strong indicator of just how the club is faring for the season. Kentucky also plays Florida, Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and Auburn during the stretch.
11/28/2015 | Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals | Commonwealth Stadium | Average Price: $107.78 | Get-in Price: $69
It doesn’t matter which sport is being played; Kentucky against Louisville will capture the state’s attention regardless. Last season’s Governor’s Cup game was a thriller, as in the Wildcats’ last game of the year, Kentucky went into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and came up just short, losing in a 44-40 shootout. Expect more of the same for this year’s clash.