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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sporting events around the world to be either canceled or postponed, and that has caused a ripple effect that has impacted the college football world. Kentucky and Eastern Michigan announced Tuesday that the season opener between the two schools, originally set for Saturday, Sept. 5 at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky, has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3. 

What caused the move? The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, of course.

The famed "Run for the Roses," which was originally scheduled for May, was pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak that has caused the cancelation of March Madness and delayed other high-profile events such as the Masters. It'll be the first time that the Kentucky Derby will be held in a month other than May since 1945 and second time since 1875.

Kentucky is 2-0 all time vs. Eastern Michigan, with wins coming in 2017 and 2019. The 2020 edition of the matchup will be broadcast by SEC Network with a time yet to be determined. 

If you're a fan of college football and horse racing -- or just like an amazing party -- the combination of the start of the college football season and the biggest horse racing event in the world will make the state of Kentucky one of the hottest sports destinations of Labor Day weekend.