LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (1-1) AT KENTUCKY WILDCATS (2-0)
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Commonwealth Stadium: Lexington, Ky.
Announcers: Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color analyst), Allison Williams (sidelines).
Favorite: Kentucky by 5.5
All-Time Series: Kentucky leads 14-9
Modern Series: Louisville leads 9-8
|Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|2002-09-01||Louisville||Kentucky||22||Louisville (17)||17||UK 10-5|
|2005-09-04||Lexington||Louisville (12)||31||Kentucky||24||UK 10-8|
|2006-09-03||Louisville||Louisville (13)||59||Kentucky||28||UK 10-9|
|2007-09-15||Lexington||Kentucky||40||Louisville (9)||34||UK 11-9|
About The Governor's Cup
The Governor’s Cup was created in 1994 as the trophy for the winner of the Kentucky-Louisville game.
Donated by The Kroger Company at a cost of $23,000, the Governor’s Cup stands 33 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. The trophy’s base and upright columns are hand-milled black marble. The glass components are optic-grade crystal. All metal parts are 23-karat, gold-plated brass. The cup itself is made of pewter with a 23-karat gold-plated finish.
The cup was designed by Kendall Costner and sculpted by James Corcoran of Bruce Fox, Inc. The Kroger Company also is involved in sup- porting academic pursuits at the schools. Kroger is donating $10,000 to each school for each year the game is played. Kroger’s donations now total $360,000 - $180,000 to each school.
Excitement Level: 9.7.
Louisville/Kentucky games are a lot like Christmas; Regardless of the surrounding circumstances, it's still a feeling unlike any other you get during the calendar year.
Game Attire: Art Carmody Game Jersey
Side Note: Pregame warm-up will be my "Kentucky's State Bird" shirt. It has a Cardinal on it. It's sweet. I'll tweet a pic.
Pregame Meal: Assorted tailgating foods. Pulled-pork sandwiches, buffalo chicken dip (big ups, Becker), boat dip, cookie cake (AKA "Mike Rutherford Special"). Also, beer.
Bold Prediction: Josh Chichester scores more than one touchdown.
Playing Alert Level: Cerulean (low)
Predicted Star of the Game: Josh Chichester
Because he's going to score more than one touchdown...and there aren't going to be that many touchdowns.
--The team that has scored first has gone on to win the last ten times Louisville and Kentucky have met.
--The team that has rushed for more yards has won the last 12 meeting between these two.
--In nine of the last 11 years, the leading rusher on the victorious team has outrushed the entire losing squad. The exceptions have come in the previous two years, when Vic Anderson was the game's leading rusher in 2009, and Bilal Powell got loose for 153 yards last season.
--At four games, Kentucky is riding its longest winning streak since the renewal of the series in 1994. U of L owned a three-game winning streak from 1999-2001 and then beat the Wildcats four straight times between 2003-2006. In the modern era, neither team has defeated the other in five consecutive seasons.
--The team that has produced the least turnovers has won 10 of the last 12 meetings.
--UK enters the Louisville game having won a school-record 21 consecutive regular season non-conference games, dating back to 2006.
--Kentucky has won 18 consecutive games against non-conference opponents at home, dating back to 2005.
--Louisville is 6-4 against Kentucky in games played at Commonwealth Stadium, and 6-8 against the Cats in Lexington overall.
--Louisville and Kentucky have never played on Sept. 17 (feel free to wow your tailgate with that one).
--Home teams are 7-10 in the modern era of the series.
--The favorite is just 10-7 straight up in the modern era of the series.
--The Kentucky defense has not allowed a point in the second half this season.
--With sophomore Raymond Sanders out 2-3 weeks after having his right knee scoped yesterday, true freshman Josh Clemons will get the start at running back for Kentucky and sophomore Jonathan George (with 9 career carries for 25 yards) will be his backup.
--Louisville center Mario Benavides is out for the third straight week with a staph infection in his foot.
--Senior defensive tackle Mark Crawford remains suspended for Kentucky.
--UK center Matt Smith will not start but is expected to play. Smith missed the first two games of the season because of injury.
--UK linebacker Danny Trevathan's 26 tackles lead the SEC.
--Today is Marques Maybin's birthday.