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Louisville game gives UK a chance to RISE (you know, a little bit)


Let’s face it, rarely has Kentucky faced a less-exciting-yet-still-surprisingly-integral-to-the-season type game than they will this weekend.  Both fan bases are uniquely under-selling their team, attempting to gain spin control if they do happen to lose.  And it’s not just the fans, even the coaches have gotten in on it.  But just because the excitement of the 2007 Louisville game isn’t surrounding the match up doesn’t mean Kentucky can’t hugely benefit from a win.

When Kentucky wins this weekend, there are four key things that will happen.

1.) With a loss to rival Kentucky, Louisville’s football season will nearly be over before it even started.  Sure there will be some die hard fans that stick around, but starting your season with a mediocre win over Murray State, a loss to FIU and a loss to Kentucky is a recipe for apathy – and if you’re not careful, anger.  A number of Louisville fans who were gleeful over Charlie Strong will start to sour on the head coach, not exactly calling for his job (after all, you can still blame Kragthorpe for the players,) but the honeymoon will certainly be over.  Louisville STRONG will be replaced with Louisville First (to give up on football and look towards basketball season.)

2.) With a win, Kentucky will add some much needed credibility to their team. Sure, beating the only BCS team to ever lose to FIU won’t be super impressive, and yeah, nobody is going to be writing home about beating a Big East team, but 3-0 is 3-0.  Joker will keep the edge over Strong in local recruiting battles, we might escape from a few articles like this saying Kentucky’s stock is falling, and the Florida game next weekend might even get a little hype.  The more convincing a win over the Cards the better, of course.

3.)  A win keeps Kentucky in the hunt for a bowl bid. A loss doesn’t necessarily keep them out, but it makes the trip a lot tougher.  With 3 early wins, Kentucky only has to find three more over the course of the final 9 games, with a gimmie game against Jacksonville State still in the mix.  At that point, UK will only need a win over Vandy plus one against a Mississippi School, Tennessee or possibly Georgia.

4.)  We can continue our lengthy reprieve from annoying Louisville fans.  Enough said?

So that’s that.  This years edition of Cats/Cards may not be as sexy as some in the past, but it’s still just as important for the boys in blue.

Go Cats.

Beat Louisville.

Article written by Will Lentz

11 Comments for Louisville game gives UK a chance to RISE (you know, a little bit)

  1. tdogg4033011
    8:19 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    UK will spank the dirty birds. I still believe this team will surprise people before
    the season is over. GO CATS !!!

  2. DeWayne Peevy
    8:24 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    I just hope the media shows up…….well not the Ky Kernel

  3. Calipartytime
    8:33 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    Reports that Raymond Sanders has had a knee injury……

  4. tootie
    8:35 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    I love how Will keeps acting like we have a shot over UGA or Miss St lol apparently he doesnt watch much football

  5. Epic failure
    8:48 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    I think we need to drop the word “bowl” from our discussion.

  6. bigbluecats350
    9:27 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    As for point number 4. Now see thats the problem with Loserville fans. Whether they win or lose they still never shut up and they keep running their mouths until they are blue in the face….then they take a deep breath and go again. The question has been thrown around here lately on here….do we really HATE UL…..L yes. Thats exactly why. Because the fans….oh wait….Im a day early

  7. JokersGotTalent
    10:01 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    This totally made my day. We should all Like this:

  8. Some Guy in Kentucky
    10:32 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    Does any other SEC football teams practice in the morning?

  9. Marvin b
    10:40 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    Jacksonville State a gimme. Aren’t the from Fla? Forget beating Tennessee, ain’t gonna happen. 4 wins at best for the cats. Guaranteed and you can quote me on that!! Sorry, truth is the truth!!

  10. Bnun
    10:55 pm September 14, 2011 Permalink

    Ky Defense impressive. Gimme against Jacksonville State, a team from fla ridiculous statement. Should beat Louisville. Will not beat Tennesse, maybe ever, no shot against Fla. Vanderbilt, probably not this year. 4 potentially 5 wins, don’t know where that will come from. No offense to my big blue nation, but no “Offense”. Wish in one hand and you know what in the other!! You all can quote me on this, guess Im quoting myself, there are no guaranteed wins for this team,5 wins at best!!

  11. BigKatHead
    8:11 am September 15, 2011 Permalink

    As to #3-better get those wins against Ole’ Miss and UT (yeah, take that bet??), cause UK is not beating UGA or MSU, and Vandy in Nashville isn’t a good bet-check out UCONN game for proof-big difference schematically and emotionally this year for Vandy!