Eastern Michigan-Kentucky opener moved to Sept. 3 to avoid Kentucky Derby

Kentucky has moved its football season opener against Eastern Michigan ahead two days to Sept. 3, avoiding a conflict with the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

The Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since 1945 it didn't run on the first Saturday in May.

Kentucky will play its eighth Thursday night game in modern times and first since hosting Auburn on Oct. 15, 2015.