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3 Rivalries Kentucky Could Invent Like UConn

How do you start a rivalry? Well if you’re UConn Football you just make a trophy and tell the other school you’re rivals now whether they consider you a rival or not. I guess that’s how it works… In the spirit of UConn’s invented rivalry I’ve invented a few new rivals for Kentucky to battle on the Gridiron. First up, WVU:

UK Vs WVU in the Battle for Big Sandy

Two schools that love burning couches. Some bad blood from basketball season. We just took Shannon Dawson, their former offensive coordinator. We share an actual border. This one has all the makings for a legitimate rivalry and as such is deserving of some higher stakes than all the rest.

Instead of a  physical trophy the two teams can play for the tract of land between the Tug and Levisa forks of the Big Sandy river. My dad tells an eastern Kentucky legend that as the surveyors were carving out the border of WV and KY they walked along the Big Sandy River. As they reached Louisa they were supposed to continue up the Levisa fork but being drunk picked the Tug fork instead. The rest they say, is history. Now a football game could decided who gets the property rights each year. Sorry Belfry, you’re paying WV tax this season, better luck next year. This game almost came to fruition when the Cats needed an opponent for the 2016 season but alas the battle for Big Sandy remains a dream.

The UKKU Bowl


Call it the basketbowl or whatever you want but this game has always made sense to play. Two basketball schools in strong football conferences that have traditionally been near the bottom of the BCS. Mainly I’d like to see the Cats play Kansas every year to teach the nation the difference between KU and UK which would be clearly displayed on both teams helmets. Have you ever been on vacation and someone upon seeing your Wildcat gear that you’re proudly sporting says”Nice, Wildcats! Go KU!”? It happens to me everytime I’m on the beaches of the Carolinas and it’s an epidemic amongst the haters on twitter.  This game could start educating those poor souls in need.

Kentucky Vs. Missouri: The Aggression without Secession

Similar to UConn and UCF, we already play Missouri every year so why not add a random trophy to take the game to the next level. And in playing with the civil war theme UConn has established we can use the football game to determine which of our two states is the most neutral. See, back in the actual Civil Conflict both Kentucky and Missouri were border states that had pro-Union and pro-Confederate governments. Neither state ended up seceeding from the union and remained pivotal neutral ground for the North to eventually win the war. Why not celebrate that heritage by adding some history to the annual game. It’s not like the first 3 meetings of the field could have been any less entertaining.


What rivalry would you make up if you were Coach and could pull a UConn?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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12 Comments for 3 Rivalries Kentucky Could Invent Like UConn

  1. wu slang
    9:50 pm June 8, 2015 Permalink

    You mean “secession” not “succession” dealing with Kentucky and Missouri. We could also call that game the “Battle Without Bridges” since Kentucky and Missouri are the only two states in the Continental US that are not linked by a road (there is a ferry over the Mississippi, but no road directly linking the states.)

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      10:23 am June 9, 2015 Permalink

      Nice bit of bar trivia. I think you need to throw “bordering” between “two” and “states”; but I knew what you meant. I pulled up google earth and you’re right. There’s that one bridge that connects it over, but it lands in that little sliver of Illinois before it goes over to Missouri.

  2. Michael
    10:34 pm June 8, 2015 Permalink

    The War of Aggression

  3. really
    10:51 pm June 8, 2015 Permalink

    Kind of like when KSR passed the LHL, it is about time for someone to create the site that will pour lime on KSR and kick the dirt in the hole. Put a fork in it.

    • KySportsFan
      10:55 pm June 8, 2015 Permalink

      Then why are you on here? Sounds like you have to consider reading these articles a waste of time.

    • Matt Jones
      10:57 pm June 8, 2015 Permalink

      Thank$ for vi$iting, a$$hat. 😉

  4. Joe D.
    11:06 pm June 8, 2015 Permalink

    Playing WVU every year on a Thursday Night at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincy – the Coal Bowl – would attract interest – SEC v. Big 12 – Ohio recruits – and corporate sponsor money….. don’t know if WVA would consider that a sufficiently neutral site but they sure travel a lot of miles to play away games in the Big 12.

  5. UK Football Booster
    12:34 am June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Forget the rivalries. Kentucky football is all about getting to a bowl game every year. There is no need to play Louisville every year. We need to play teams outside the state boundary like Indiana, West Virginia, etc ……Kansas and UCONN are too far away to travel too….It’s all about going to a bowl game!

    • Reality
      8:05 am June 9, 2015 Permalink

      So you’re saying we have no shot at competing with Louisville ?

    • CatsBy80
      8:48 am June 9, 2015 Permalink

      West Virginia is just as good as Louisville, hoss. And if it is all about a bowl game, which I agree with, then who cares how far it is? If it gets us a win, then who cares? And for the record, nowhere in the article did it mention playing UCONN as a rivalry game.

    • Ha!
      10:18 am June 9, 2015 Permalink

      Ha. We competed with Louisville LAST year, on their field, before all their pros left.

  6. Austin G
    1:01 pm June 9, 2015 Permalink

    Bring back the Indiana football series and the “Bourbon Barrel”, and while we’re at it let’s get the “Beer Barrel” out of the mouth balls for the Tennessee game