One of the biggest storylines of the 2014 Battle for the Governor's Cup was Kentucky players coming onto the Louisville side of the field and starting two separate pregame scuffles with Cardinal players. The Cats then later came back onto the field and began taunting the U of L fans who had arrived to the game early.
A number of the players involved in the altercations were Kentucky players who weren't even dressing for the game. Head coach Mark Stoops all but admitted after the game that it was all by design.
"I wanted that," Stoops said. "I told them they were coming here to make a difference."
The Wildcats coming into this year's rivalry game apparently won't be the only similarity between the 2015 game and the one from a year ago. According to senior defensive tackle C.J. Johnson, fans who make it out to Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday can expect to be treated to some of the same "fireworks" that the spectators at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium were treated to 12 months ago.
"It's part of a rivalry," Johnson told the Courier-Journal. "It makes the game exciting. Anytime you play a rivalry because they're right down the street it's like bragging rights. You want to go out and fight, have a dog fight out there. We plan on making it like that this year too because I don't like them. "
He went a little bit further than "don't like" later on.
C.J. Johnson on UofL: "I only been here for a year, and I hate them already."— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) November 22, 2015
As long as the end result is the same as it's been the last four years, I'm good with everything else staying the same too.