On the eve of the Governor’s Cup, let’s take a look at what some folks around the interwebs are saying when it comes to previews and predictions for the biggest rivalry in the Bluegrass:
Kentucky 24, Louisville 23: In close games, go with the team with the best player on the field. Or in this case, one of the top five players in the SEC: Kentucky ATH Randall Cobb.
Coaches change. Players change. Venues change.
The key to the outcome of the Governor’s Cup does not.
The winner of the annual showdown between Kentucky and Louisville isn’t always the one with the better quarterback, more experienced coaching staff or home-field advantage.
For more than a decade, the team that’s rushed for more yards has been the one holding the 110-pound Cup aloft at game’s end. Kentucky outgained Louisville on the ground 168-133 in a 31-27 win last year, marking at least the 11th straight time the team with the highest rushing total has captured state bragging rights.
While the preseason talk centered on new coaches Joker Phillips and Charlie Strong and the clouded quarterback position at both schools, the biggest battle on Saturday will come on the lines, where two undersized defenses will try to dig in.
It won’t be easy. Both Louisville and Kentucky’s defensive lines will go against offensive lines that outweigh them by an average of 30 pounds.
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong says this year’s Cardinal football team reminds him on his first year as an assistant at South Carolina. That team went 0-11. This fact should tell you something about what Strong is expecting of his team. Granted, the man probably does not expect to go 0-11, but they are facing a Kentucky team that has gone to four-straight bowls.
The Wildcats are putting their hopes on quarterback Randall Cobb, and Cobb should produce another victory over Louisville Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC and will be online at ESPN3.com.
Call it now: Kentucky 35, Louisville 31
Kentucky 28, Louisville 24: It’s billed as the Governor’s Cup, and Kentucky has won the last three. The Wildcats already seem to be winning most of the recruiting battles in the state under Joker Phillips. Winning this game should only help matters.
For what it’s worth, I’m going Cats 34-20. It’s not worth much. But the bird stomping that’s happening tomorrow in the pizza oven? Well now. That’s priceless. And it’s almost here.