LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Do you believe in the Jeff Sagarin ratings?
If you are Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops, you should because Sagarin’s computer power rankings have Kentucky favored to handle Vanderbilt at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday afternoon?
Do you believe in miracles?
Al Michaels would not be the only one to utter those words if Indiana somehow managed to take down second-ranked Ohio State Saturday afternoon in Columbus. The Hoosiers are underdogs by four touchdowns.
Do you believe in looking ahead?
If you’re the University of Louisville football team, that’s the option this weekend.
No game. So you can focus on A) Duke, next Friday’s opponent when the Blue Devils host Army Saturday afternoon or B) Washington, one of the ranked teams the Cardinals need to stumble, when the Huskies try to end their 12-game losing streak against Oregon.
I’d suggest the latter, especially with the unbeaten Huskies play at 7:30 p.m. on WDRB Saturday. Washington is favored by 9, an indicator of how dramatically Oregon has slipped.
Back to the local previews.
The Story Line: The path to bowl eligibility for Kentucky is clear:
Win the next three against Vandy, Mississippi State and Missouri and then pummel Austin Peay. Can’t take steps two, three and four without completing step one against a Vandy team that lost to the South Carolina team Kentucky defeated.
The Question: Kentucky improved from 14th to 12th in rushing defense. Can the Wildcats continue that trend against a Vanderbilt team that averages only 147 yards per game rushing? Good question and good matchup for UK.
The Crazy Stat: Vanderbilt is trying for its fifth win in six games against the Wildcats. The last time the Commodores won five of six against Kentucky was 1991-96. Can’t lose to Vandy in Year Four of your coaching tenure.
The Coverage: 4 p.m., SEC Network, Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Olivia Harlan. Katie George, Rick Bozich for WDRB.
The Picks: Eric Crawford — Kentucky 27-17; Rick Bozich — UK 17-16.
The Story Line: The Buckeyes, my pick to win the national title, are averaging 57 points per game, more than everybody but Texas Tech and Louisville. Indiana’s defense has improved under Tom Allen, but can the Hoosiers hold Ohio State under 30? Or even 40?
The Question: What’s happened to IU’s running game? They’ve scored only two rushing TDs in four games and failed to rush for more than 156 yards the last two games.
The Crazy Stat: The Hoosiers won back-to-back games against the Buckeyes in 1987 and 1988 — their only two wins against Ohio State since 1951.
The Coverage: 3:30 p.m., ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams.
The Picks: Crawford Ohio State 53-14; Bozich OSU — 45-10.
Other games: Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech: Crawford, La Tech 38-35; Bozich, La Tech 27-24; Oklahoma vs. Texas: Crawford, OU 31-28; Bozich, OU, 35-24; Florida State at Miami: Crawford, Miami 35-31; Bozich, Miami, 30-24.
Season record: Crawford 20-5; Bozich 18-7.
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After a week of waiting, it has been announced that next Saturday’s Kentucky/Louisville football game in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be a noon kickoff and televised on ESPN2.
Expect Cardinals to begin the Crown Royal/line beard themed pregame to begin around 5am.7 Replies to “Kentucky/Louisville Football Game a Noon Kickoff”
Louisville just beat Notre Dame on their home field.
UK is going to get blown out.
Actually, Notre Dame beat Notre Dame. The Cards really got lucky in this one. However, I agree the Cats will probably lose by quite a bit next week. Our defense will not be able to stop them unless a new breed of wildcat shows up. Our chances would have been much better if we had played them first game of the season. BTW, ND not that good. Their quarterback is pouty and it affects his play and his teammates. Cards young qb is no Teddy but he is very poised and should develop into a good one.
We are going to get MURKED! 48-6
CAYTS step up – win and surprise everyone who has jumped ship. Comments section fills with people who say they have been here the whole time.
CAYTS 34- Cards 20
I have a good feeling about Towles to Blue in this one. Keep the faith!
Wow someone is drinking the KSR Big Blue Kool Aid by the gallons. You must have been asleep the last month or more to even consider this. Stoops will win maybe in two more years of Card beat downs.
I am keeping the faith and I bet we beat them next season.
Time, you REALLY seem to defend the Tardinals a lot on here. Curious.
An early look at the odds in some of the biggest games of Week 2 in college football, including TCU-Arkansas and Louisville-Syracuse.
The Louisville Cardinals are 16–4 straight up and 13–7 against the spread in their last 20 games played in the month of September. The Cardinals will try to keep that trend going this Friday night on the road against the Syracuse Orange.
Louisville is a 14.5-point road favorite at the Carrier Dome at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Orange are 5–0 ATS in their last five games at home despite going just 2–3 SU over that stretch. Syracuse is 1–13 SU in its last 14 games against teams with a winning record.
Louisville at Syracuse is one of two games on the college football card this Friday night. The other is Maryland at Florida International, with Maryland going off as a 10-point road favorite. Maryland is 4–0 SU in its last four games against FIU and has won each of the last three games in this series by at least two touchdowns.
The Michigan Wolverines easily covered the spread as 36.5-point favorites last Saturday against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, winning at home by a score of 63–3. The Wolverines are once again big favorites this week, going off as 36-point chalk at home against the Central Florida Knights.
UCF broke out of an 0–13 SU and 2–11 ATS slump last Saturday with a 38–0 win over South Carolina State in its season opener.
The TCU Horned Frogs opened as 4-point home favorites against the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday, but that line has moved steadily toward TCU as the Horned Frogs are now going off at -7.5.
Both teams had issues in their season openers with TCU giving up 41 points to South Dakota State in a 59–41 win and Arkansas narrowly defeating Louisiana Tech 21–20. The Razorbacks are 8–2 ATS in their last 10 games against Big 12 opponents.
Alabama and Clemson both picked up wins in their season openers, and both are big favorites at home in Week 2. Alabama hosts Western Kentucky as a 28.5-point favorite while Clemson is a 36-point favorite at home against Troy.
Clemson is 16–0 SU in its last 16 games at home, according to the OddsShark College Football Database, and boasts a 6–2 ATS record in its last eight games played in the month of September.You May Like Week 1 takeaways: The biggest things we learned from opening Saturday Instant React: Jalen Hurts shines as No. 1 Alabama humiliates No. 20 USC Sign Up for our Newsletter Subscribe & Save Sign Up for our Newsletter Already a Member? Not A Member? Sign Up Now Forgot Password
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Schedule and Odds
Louisville doesn't really come across as one of the best teams in the country, but looking at all of the important factors, they are a team that could go undefeated. Coming off a Sugar Bowl win over Florida, everything is aligning for the Cardinals in 2013. Sure, it helps when your non-conference schedule is weak, the Big East (now American Athletic Conference) is depleted and you return all of your important players. Nevertheless, it's the Cardinals last season in this conference and they plan on going out on top.
2013 Louisville College Football Schedule
Sept. 7 vs. Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 14 at Kentucky
Sept. 21 vs. Florida International
Oct. 5 at Temple
Oct. 10 vs. Rutgers
Oct. 26 at South Florida
Nov. 8 at Connecticut
Nov. 16 vs. Houston
Nov. 23 vs. Memphis
Dec. 5 at Cincinnati
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Now on to the best part of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry: the rehash.
1. Among those who preferred the Kentucky-Louisville football game as the season opener, I was a strong advocate. However, since the SEC and ACC made Cats-Cards the season finale in 2014, all three games have been memorable:
2014: In a wild affair that started with pregame scuffles between the teams, the lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter before Lexington Catholic product Kyle Bolin quarterbacked Louisville to a 44-40 victory over his hometown team.
2015: Kentucky built a 24-7 halftime lead only to see a dazzling performance from U of L freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson carry the Cardinals to a 38-24 come-from-behind victory.
2016: Relatively unheralded Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson (338 yards passing and three touchdowns; 83 yards rushing; only one turnover) got the better of Heisman Trophy favorite Jackson (281 yards passing and two TDs; 171 yards rushing and two scores; four turnovers) and Austin MacGinnis’ 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds left made the Wildcats 41-38 victors.
2. After Stephen Johnson connected with Garrett Johnson on touchdown bombs of 75 and 63 yards against Louisville, the Kentucky quarterback now has seven TD passes of 40 yards or more in 2016.
What makes Johnson so good at throwing the long ball?
“He has really mastered to get the angle of the receiver and then be able to throw it to a spot and understand where the intersection point is,” Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw said. “That is the key to throwing the ball deep. A lot of quarterbacks can’t figure that out.”More Videos Mark Stoops saw a goose egg on competitive plays Eddie Gran: You never think you’re going to get waxed 'That takes a lot of money from us.' Teacher sounds off on GOP pension proposal at forum This man just gave $12 million to the University of Kentucky 'Better than most.' Bevin touts 401(K) plan for future public workers. Teachers show displeasure at lawmaker's suggestion on pensions Can Bevin turn the 'sacred cows' of Kentucky's tax code into hamburger? Kevin Knox: UK's cramping, perimeter shooting will be addressed See border wall prototypes at Otay Mesa Port of Entry from above 88-year-old grandmother attends UK classes with granddaughter for a day Stephen Johnson: We wanted to show what we could do
Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson talks about his team's 41-38 win at Louisville.Stephen Johnson: We wanted to show what we could do
Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson talks about his team's 41-38 win at Louisville.
3. Even with Louisville (9-3) dropping its final two games, Lamar Jackson should win the Heisman Trophy. He’s been the most dynamic player in college football in 2016. Jackson has accounted for 51 touchdowns himself (21 rushing, 30 passing). That’s more TDs than 86 of the 128 FBS teams have produced.
4. If Jackson does win the Heisman, then Saturday will have been the ninth time Kentucky played against the winner of college football’s most prestigious individual award in the year they won the trophy. It will be the first time UK beat a Heisman winner.
5. Kentucky’s victory over Louisville on Saturday as a 27-point underdog (source: Glantz-Culver Line) is the biggest upset in the modern history of the Governor’s Cup. Before 2016, UK’s 22-17 win over U of L as a 12-point underdog in 2002 held that distinction.
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6. With Bobby Petrino’s loss Saturday, all 13 men who have coached in the modern UK-U of L rivalry have suffered a defeat. Petrino is now 6-1 vs. UK in Governor’s Cup games, 7-2 against the Cats overall.
7. With Mark Stoops’ win Saturday, 11 of the 13 men who have coached in the modern UK-U of L rivalry have at least one win. Stoops is now 1-3 vs. the Cardinals. Ex-U of L head men Howard Schnellenberger (lost in 1994) and Steve Kragthorpe (0-3 from 2007-09) never won.
8. Since Kentucky and Louisville started playing football again in 1994, the same school has won both the football and men’s basketball game between the two rivals in the same school year only four times — U of L in 2003-04 and 2012-13; UK in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
9. As was reaffirmed Saturday, there is no home-field advantage in UK-U of L football. Kentucky has beaten Louisville more times in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (5-5) than in Commonwealth Stadium (4-9).
10. UK radio play-by-play announcer Tom Leach said on air Saturday that Kentucky has now twice memorably upset ranked Louisville teams thanks to a junior-college transfer named some variation of “Steven/Stephen Johnson.”
In 2007, junior-college transfer wide receiver Steve Johnson caught a 57-yard TD pass from Andre Woodson with 28 seconds left to give UK a 40-34 win over No. 9 U of L.
Last Saturday, junior-college transfer QB Stephen Johnson played the best game of his UK career as the Cats stunned the No. 11 Cardinals.
Joked UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart: “We’ve got to get more ‘Steve Johnsons’ in here.”
How the favorites have fared
How the favorites (based on the betting line published in the Herald-Leader the morning of the game) have fared in the modern Governor’s Cup football rivalry:Never miss a local story.
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