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Will Kentucky or Louisville own the future?

With all things basketball out of the way and spring football practice behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead to September 4th, 2010.  That day, as you know, is the battle for the Governor’s Cup.  And to kickstart our excitement for the inaugural Joker Phillips-Charlie Strong showdown, the Bleacher Report takes a look at the future of the Kentucky-Louisville football rivalry.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, focusing on the upcoming season:

The “Here and Now” Factor

Phillips’ Cats should be favored in this year’s battle for the Governor’s Cup. He has a lot of talent returning in Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke, a lot of goodwill, and is facing what may be the weakest SEC East in years.

The Cards are down in talent and don’t have a lot of reason to expect much improvement this year. Strong has a little honeymoon time here, but Joker needs to dominate the Cards on the field and the recruiting trail ASAP. He should, at least, do the first.

Advantage: Cats.

Other arguments include The History Factor, The Competition Factor, The “It” Factor, and the Bottom Line:

Bottom Line

Both programs appear headed in the right direction, and there’s no reason to believe they can’t both be somewhat successful at the same time, but history shows that only one bluegrass team at a time tends to play meaningful games on New Year’s Day or later. That makes 2010 a make or break season in Kentucky college football.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for football.  Is it too early to start tailgating at that giant pizza box in Louisville?  It is?  Ok. I guess I’ll just keep watching this video over and over…

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR