LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Three years ago, the Louisville football team went to Kentucky as a 3-point underdog and lost the cards by 32 points.
Last year, the Cardinals welcomed the Wildcats as a 3-point favorite. They lost at 31.
The point spread will be parked in a similar location for this weekend’s Governor’s Cup game. Although Louisville is ranked 25th in the college football playoff poll and the Wildcats are unranked, Kentucky is preferred at 2 1/2.
Kentucky has won their last three games by a combined margin of 109 points.
Will this be the year when rivalry becomes rivalry again?
The time: Saturday, 3 p.m. Kroger Field, Lexington.
TV/Radio: TV – SEC Network (Dave Neal, play by play; Deuce McAlister, analyst; Andraya Carter, sideline: Radio – Louisville Radio Network 93.9 FM in Louisville (Paul Rogers, play by play; Jody Demling, analyst; Preston Brown, sideline); Kentucky Sports Network 840 AM WHAS in Louisville (Tom Leach, game by game; Jeff Piecoro, analyst; Dick Gabriel, sideline).
The line: Point Spread – Kentucky preferred with 2 1/2 points; Over/Under Total Score: 43 1/2. Numbers courtesy of DraftKings Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The last time: Britain quarterback Will Levis ran for four touchdowns as the Wildcats routed Louisville 52-21 at Cardinal Stadium, despite the Cardinals being a 3-point favorite. The game ended with hundreds of Kentucky fans seated behind the U of L bench in a mostly empty stadium.
The series: With a 3-game win streak, the Wildcats lead the streak 18-15. Louisville has not won since Lamar Jackson led the Cards to a 44-17 win at Kroger Field on November 25, 2017.
The records: Louisville has won 5 of their last 6 and improved to 7-4 while the Wildcats have lost 5 of their last 7 to slip to 6-5. South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Georgia all won at Lexington. Louisville is 2-3 on the way with victories in Central Florida and Virginia.
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Players to watch Louisville: Cards coach Scott Satterfield and defensive coordinator Bryan Brown are pushing linebacker Yasir Abdullah for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Abdullah ranks first in the league in sacks with 8, third in tackles for loss with 13, and first in fumbles forced with 4.
Players to see Kentucky: British quarterback Will Levis delivered one of the best games of his career against Louisville last season. Levis rushed for 113 yards and four points and completed 14 of 18 passes for 149 yards.
Subplots: Uncertainty reigns supreme at the Louisville quarterback. Although Malik Cunningham is healthier than he was a week ago before missing the North Carolina State game with an injured (right) throwing shoulder, Cunningham’s availability until game time will not be assured. If he can’t go, the Cards will rely on Brock Domann, who is a 2-0 starter with wins over Virginia and NC State. While Domann is considered a better passer but less of a runner than Cunningham, Louisville offensive coordinator Lance Taylor said any change to the Cards’ game plan will be minimal … the Cards rank fourth in the nation in the plus-12 turnover range, forcing 13 Fumbles while scoring 15 interceptions. Kentucky is 97th at minus 4. The Wildcats have lost six fumbles and thrown 11 interceptions…Louisville leads the nation with 41 sacks…Britain will honor 28 players on Senior Day…the Wildcats have won 19 straight games outside of conference, the longest streak in the nation.
The quote: Satterfield’s response when asked if he expects a physical game on Saturday:
“I do, I expect that. Your defense is really good. They’re big up front, they’re talking about 330 (lbs) with two of their defenders. They keep an eye on everything and swarm out. Your corners are physical.
“Sometimes when you think about being physical, you think about offensive and defensive lines. I turn on the film and their corners jam and are all in front of the recipient’s face. It’s going to be a physical game, everywhere, not just the offensive line and defensive line, it’s going to be everywhere. You have to prepare for that and we played good football physically and we have to keep doing that and we know it will be like that.”
The selection: Louisville 23, Kentucky 21.
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