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Because it doesn’t get old.

Earlier this morning, Louisville advocate Mark Blankenbaker (of posted an exhaustive look at the 2012 Governor’s Cup, taking past years’ results, as well as current offensive/defensive matchups, into account.  The examination was, um, extremely thorough, clocking in at almost 9,000 words.  At ~300 words per your average double-spaced page, that’s nearly thirty pages of football analysis.  Or something like that.  I can’t math.  It’s a lot.  So, if you’ve got a couple weeks to spare and love stats, it’s worth checking out.

The juicy bits, though?  Less exciting.  Not surprisingly, he picked the Cards.  Specifically:

Simply put, I think this Kentucky team has a roster that could be something special down the road.  I just think they are 1-2 years away from really showcasing that potential throughout an entire season.

That said, Louisville is the better team in 2012.  The Cards are light at one position compared to Kentucky: Tight End.  And while that position surely will impact the game, it won’t turn the tables.  The game is at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and Charlie Strong has made winning at home a point of emphasis this off-season.  This group of Wildcats seems to have a good attitude and is forming its foundation, but I can’t pick Kentucky here:

Louisville 30-Kentucky 13

Though he picked the wrong team, the analysis is abundantly thorough (it would take at least two trips to the bathroom to finish it all) and largely fair.  Blankenbaker highlights Kentucky’s future prospects, admitting that although the Cards are the favorites this year, the Wildcats have a lot to look forward to under sophomore Max Smith and a couple other talented freshmen QBs.  It could just be salve on his stinging prognostication, but he’s probably right: however Kentucky fares this season, the next couple will likely be better.

Blankenbaker’s spread is a little out of hand at three scores, though, as many are expecting this to be a closer game.  Not Phil Steele has even predicted a 21-20 Kentucky upset (and Not Not Phil Steele only has the Cards by a touchdown).  But as we inch ever closer to this weekend’s Cup, every bit of analysis is worth knowing, whether it’s 9,000 words or 140 characters.

Now, back to what’s important: T minus 48 hours to Louisville Hate Day.  It’s a Festivus miracle.

Article written by Corey Nichols

13 Comments for You Like Football and Words?

  1. emlang08
    9:08 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    It’s great to think about how special this team can be in years to come. But what happens to these special talents if they do not prove it on the field this year and the coaching staff is Dismantled?

  2. ktmiln2
    9:18 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Festivus for the rest of us

  3. Mark Blankenbaker
    9:24 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Corey, Thanks for posting. Picked UofL by 4 last year, and I’ve picked UK in the past. I try to be as fair and informative as possible. I hope your readers can appreciate much of what is here, except maybe the prediction. -Mark

  4. AZBlueCat
    9:34 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Stevie got loose. Still miffed that we did not go for 2pt conversion?

  5. wow
    9:51 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    watch the clock right after Stevie gets into the endzone

  6. wow
    9:51 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    ohh, it was because when the ball was snapped the clock didnt start, nevermind

  7. Stevie
    10:25 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Why so serious?

  8. KCK
    10:33 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Some clarification: I pulled out my Rolling Stones book, and here’s what it had to say about “Dead Flowers”: “Dead Flowers” actually has to do with Keith Richard’s buddy Gram Parsons’ wife sending him flowers while he was in England. By the time they tracked him down, the flowers were, of course, dead. Richards has also made references to the song being about a dealer and his heroin – poppies being the dead flowers and the girl that can take his pain away being his dealer. So, there you go.

  9. WestWorld
    11:19 am August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Loved Tom Leach’s call of this –

  10. tom
    12:10 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think a 30-13 Louisville win is just about right

  11. Hot Souse
    2:57 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    UK…ftw. I mean cooooooooome on!

  12. Walsh is Gay
    7:18 pm August 28, 2012 Permalink

    Just past the 2:00 mark, you see #5 run by the camera to celebrate.. maybe I’m wrong, but could it be a young Mike Hartline?