In 2015, the University of Kentucky will be debuting a Commonwealth Stadium enhanced by $120 million-plus of renovations.
Coming off a 5-7 mark in Coach Mark Stoops' second season, UK has viable hopes of earning its first bowl bid since 2010.
Yet perusing TicketMaster.com Friday afternoon, not one of UK's eight home games was sold out.
As a service to those still pondering ticket purchases, I am ranking every game on the Wildcats schedule — home and away — by its "sizzle factor."
Nov. 21, Commonwealth Stadium
A new program, the 49ers played their first football game in 2013. Kentucky will be the first Power Five Conference foe Charlotte has ever faced. The Cats could be going for bowl eligibility in their 11th game — otherwise, no heat here.
11. at Vanderbilt
Nov. 14 in Nashville
Along with Louisville and Mississippi State, Vandy is one of the three most important games toward determining the fate of most every UK season. Kentucky has gone to 11 bowls since 1976; it has beaten Vanderbilt en route to bowl eligibility in nine of those seasons. In spite of its usual importance to the outcome of Kentucky seasons, no one ever gets amped up over UK-Vandy.
10. at Georgia
Nov. 7 in Athens
In two tries, Stoops-coached UK teams have been outscored by the Bulldogs 122-48. UK running back Stanley "Boom" Williams (Monroe, Ga.) going home to face the school to which he originally committed could be a spicy plot line — but only if the Cats become competitive with the Dogs.
Sept. 26 in Commonwealth Stadium
In three years in the SEC, Gary Pinkel has taken a roster stocked with three-star recruits and won two SEC East titles. As a program, Missouri should be what UK aspires to become. Yet this is too new a series to throw off much heat.
8. at Mississippi State
Oct. 24 in Starkville
Kentucky is 0-6 against Dan Mullen-coached MSU teams. State quarterback Dak Prescott has Heisman Trophy aspirations. Those factors should gin up some moderate "sizzle."
Sept. 5, Commonwealth Stadium
Kentucky did not schedule a patsy for its inaugural game in the renovated Commonwealth. The Ragin' Cajuns have gone 9-4 and won the New Orleans Bowl in each of the past four seasons. Still, this game would be 11th on the "sizzle list" were it not for the stadium "house warming."
6. Eastern Kentucky
Oct. 3 in Commonwealth Stadium
The separate but related January fights between Kentucky players and Eastern players in Richmond turn this into, perhaps, the most anticipated Power Five-FCS contest ever.
5. at South Carolina
Sept. 12 in Columbia
UK can do something it has never done — beat a Steve Spurrier team in back-to-back seasons. The "sizzle" goes nuclear if someone in blue calls Spurrier an "old ball coach" in the run-up to the game.
Oct. 31 in Commonwealth Stadium
Wildcats-Volunteers on the same weekend as the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland should be an epic Lexington sports moment — though there is the diminishing factor of the Cats having gone 1-29 in their last 30 meetings with the Vols. This will be the first UK-UT game played before the month of November since Oct. 16, 1909 (a 17-0 Cats win for you omen seekers).
Nov. 28 in Commonwealth Stadium
Last season's pre-game fracas between Cats and The Men of Petrino should ensure the 22nd modern renewal of the Governor's Cup rivalry has a high degree of potential combustion. Kentucky could have bowl eligibility at stake in the season finale with archrival Louisville for a second straight year, too.
Oct. 15 in Commonwealth Stadium
Assuming Kentucky's season is off to a reasonable start, the first-ever Thursday night UK game in Commonwealth will rock.
Sept. 19, Commonwealth Stadium
After Kentucky's bid to end its almost three-decades (now 28 years) losing streak to Florida ended in triple-overtime heartbreak last year, many UK fans circled 2015 as the year the Gators' hold on the Cats ends. The "sizzle" should reach a full boil when the mighty Gators hit town.