LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has moved its 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 COVID-19 concerns, 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.

The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Mid-American Conference Eagles.