The intrastate rivalry between the University of Kentucky Wildcats and University of Louisville Cardinals’ men’s football teams is one so profound that many families, friends, co-workers, etc. have become deeply divided because of it. Whether it’s basketball or football (discussed here), the UK and UL rivalry is nothing short of a major military battle of two teams separated by a mere 73 mile stretch of road. This Saturday, September 19, 2009 the two college football teams meet in Lexington and will be vying for the coveted “Governor’s Cup” title.
So how big is the game between Kentucky and Louisville? As Coach Rich Brooks of Kentucky said at his most recent press conference on Monday, September 14, “Well, you have to live in a vacuum to not hear about it all year long in this state”. At Monday’s press conference, Defensive Tackle Ricky Lumpkin said of the Kentucky/Louisville game, “This is not Tennessee, this isn’t Florida – this is our rival…There’s going to be more adrenaline because those are your boys down the street. You know them, you know family members that know them (and) you have friends that are Louisville fans. There are bragging rights in the state of Kentucky”.
Rivalry and History
The Governor’s Cup football game between Kentucky and Louisville started in 1912. Kentucky was the dominate force between the two teams from 1912 – 1924 but Louisville’s football program was just beginning and still growing. After 1924 the teams stopped playing and did not pick it up until 1994, some 80 years later. Today, Kentucky is the overall series leader (12-9) while Louisville is the modern series leader (9-6).
Kentucky and Louisville 2009 Seasons
Kentucky had a shutout win over the Redhawks of Miami (Ohio) on September 5 (42-0) at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. This win pivoted Rich Brooks into fifth place on the school career victory list and was the biggest win to open a season in 25 years.
The Louisville Cardinals beat Indiana State 30-10 on September 5 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is coached by Steve Kragthorpe who is in his third season and currently under scrutiny by the UofL fan base and community. Some say Kragthorpe inherited a messy situation from exiting Coach Bobby Petrino and each game, especially this one with Kentucky, will be microscopically analyzed.
Details of Game
The Governor’s Cup – Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Noon – Game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Tickets are SOLD OUT. ESPNU will have coverage of the game. Insight Cable customers can view the game on channel 6 in Lexington, 11 in Louisville, 514 which is digital standard-def) or 922, digital hi-def.
Kentucky is Favored
Anyone who watched the game in 2007 where Steve Johnson of Kentucky caught a “Hail-Mary” 57 yard pass in the last seconds of the game to put Kentucky on top, knows that anything can happen this Saturday. While Kentucky is favored, no one in the state of Kentucky will be overly confident until the fat lady sings.