Kentucky won't open its 2007 football season playing Louisville, but it will play an in-state rival to start that season.
Kentucky will host Eastern Kentucky Sept. 1 to start the 2007 season. The only other times the two schools played was in 1998 when Kentucky won 52-7 one week after it opened that season with a 68-34 win over Louisville.
Eastern coach Danny Hope, a former Louisville assistant, has not backed away from playing Division I-A opponents. Eastern plays Saturday at North Carolina State. It went to Vanderbilt last year. The Colonels have also played Bowling Green and Central Michigan.
"This is a great time for us to play Kentucky as we continue to build momentum for the program," Hope said. "Also, this is good for football in Kentucky and shows UK's loyalty to the commonwealth by competing against an in-state foe."