It is the day of the rivalry game. Cats against cards. Blue against red. L is downstairs. It all comes down to the last game of regular season football with Kentucky football going down 1-64 to fight Louisville for the Governor’s Cup in a game with huge stakes at stake for both.
Kentucky (8-3) has long been eligible for bowling after scoring six straight wins to open the regular season, losing three in a row and now have two straight wins against Vanderbilt and the State of New Mexico. They are still hoping for a New Year’s Day game six, but that seems unlikely. However, an important game like the Outback or the Citrus is still in play, especially if they finish 9-3.
Louisville (6-5) dropped its first game against Ole Miss, won three, lost four of five, and routed Syracuse and Duke to make them bowling eligible. Their destination fate has a lot of factors that must play out on Saturday.
The game was not played last year because of Covid, but the Wildcats have won the last two games and three of the last four. At Cardinal Stadium, the Big Blue routed the Cards 56-10 in 2018 and managed a superb 41-38 surprise against Louisville, 11th in the standings, led by quarterback Lamar Jackson, winner of the Heisman Trophy, in 2016 .
The Wildcats lead the series 17-15, but Louisville had five straight wins before Kentucky took the final two. The series wins seem to come in bulk as prior to Louisville’s winning streak, Great Britain had won the previous four from 2007-2010 and the Cards won the previous four.
When the teams met in Louisville, the Wildcats were 8-5.
Kentucky currently holds the second longest active winning streak in college football against non-conference opponents with 15 games, which is the second longest active streak in the country. Their last regular season loss was against UL in 2017 and followed with a loss to Northwestern at the Music City Bowl.
If they landed nine wins, it would only be the second time since 1977 with the other in 2018.
The quarterback battle should be a dandy to watch.
Kentucky’s Will Levis threw for 2,444 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for an average of 222 yards per game.
Louisville’s Malik Cunningham had 2,589 passes with 18 touchdowns and 5 picks averaging 235.4 yards per game.
Kentucky should have the advantage in the running game and it’s time for Chris Rodriguez to grab onto the ball and go through and through the Cards defense and have that look in his eyes because he has to open one. for a long touch. During the year, he amassed 1,151 yards and seven scores.
Oh and Wan’Dale Robinson is anxious to prove how wrong Louisville was in not recruiting him. The native of Frankfurt has been talking about it all week. He’s one of the top receivers in the country with 85 catches for 1,067 yards and six electrifying touchdowns.
Kentucky Football vs Louisville Injury Report
Coach Mark Stoops has given very little information about injuries this season, simply saying “We’ll see” when asked during press briefings.
Kentucky has seen the return of Marquan McCall and Josh Ali which has certainly helped. There is hope that Jordan Wright will be back for the Wildcats which would help to really bolster the defense.
Kentucky Football vs Louisville Odds and Betting Picks, Week 13
WynnBET’s Week 13 odds make Kentucky a +3.0 point underdog over Louisville. The game has an over / under of 57.5 points. The Moneyline has Kentucky +125 and the Cardinals minus -145. They have Kentucky scoring 27 points and Louisville 30.
Just the simple facts:
- Kentucky has 7 wins against the spread this season.
- Louisville has 6 ATS wins this season.
- In head-to-head matches, Kentucky leads 17-15
- At Lexington in 2019, Kentucky won 45-13
- The UK has covered the gap whenever it has been an underdog by 3 points or more
- The cards have been favored by 3 or more four times and are 3-1
- Kentucky are 4-3 ATS and 6-1 overall with 24.7 or more points.
- When UL has 22.2 points or more, they are 6-3 ATS and 6-4 overall.
- When Kentucky accumulates over 391.8 yards, they are 4-2 ATS and 5-1 overall.
- When UL’s offense accumulates 335.7 yards or more, it is 6-4 ATS and 6-5 overall.
Don’t expect breakouts and in fact, this could be one of the all-time classic games between these two. Neither the team nor the fan base should feel overly confident looking through blue or red glasses. The defenses are going to be tested on both sides, but the question is who can withstand the assaults they are going to face.
This game will become an offensive tilt from the start. Ultimately, it’s going to be who wins the turnovers. Kentucky can’t return it, but if it does, the defense must tie the tally. Something that hasn’t happened much all year.
Cunningham and Levis are both huge risk takers and players looking for that big home run. Bad decisions have haunted both players in the past and in this game the stakes are even higher to stay in control.
So what is our prediction?
Final score – Kentucky 41 – Louisville 35
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Which channel is the Kentucky football game in week 13
Today’s Kentucky game will air on ESPN2. Kick-off is 7:30 p.m. EST.
Game by game: Chris Cotter
Analyst: Mark Herzlich
Secondary reporter: Jalen Johnson
Kentucky vs. Louisville Live Stream
Today’s Kentucky game can be streamed live on Fubo TV.
Kentucky on the air
For radio enthusiasts, our stellar team of Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (analyst) and Dick Gabriel (sideline) will have the UK radio network call which can be heard at 840 AM around Louisville and in the Lexington Area both 630 AM and 98.1 FM. If you are outside of these areas, check your local stations or you can still listen online at www.UKAthletics.com.
Kentucky’s next game and schedule
That’s all folks.
Kentucky’s next game will be a bowl destination somewhere, but we have to wait for the official announcement.