The Kentucky Wildcats and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2016 and 2017, the schools announced today.
In the first game of the series, Kentucky will host Southern Miss at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Sept. 3, 2016. The Wildcats will then travel to face the Golden Eagles at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg on Sept. 2, 2017.
Kentucky and Southern Miss have met twice on the gridiron. The Wildcats won both contests handily, 71-7 in 1949 and 32-0 in 1986.
According to a copy of the game contract obtained by FBSchedules.com, Kentucky will pay USM $200,000 for the game in Lexington. The Wildcats will not receive any payment for the game in Hattiesburg.
FBSchedules.com also learned today that Kentucky will host Austin Peay on Nov. 19, 2016 and will pay the Governors a $375,000 guarantee.
Kentucky is scheduled to close the season at arch-rival Louisville on Nov. 26. UK needs one more non-conference game to complete their 2016 schedule.
Southern Miss has completed their 2016 non-conference schedule with the addition of Kentucky. The Golden Eagles are also set to host Austin Peay on Sept. 10 and Troy on Sept. 17 and travel to LSU on Oct. 15.
USM was previously slated to play at BYU Nov. 19, 2016, but that game will be moved to another season per Golden Eagles athletic director Bill McGillis.
McGillis also announced that Southern Miss’ game at Tennessee in 2017 has been pushed back from Sept. 2 to Sept. 16.