Lexington, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky football team, now ranked 15th in the latest College Football Playoffs, will wrap up its regular season slate Saturday at Louisville in another chapter of the Governor’s Cup.
The Wildcats found themselves back in the win column last Saturday against Middle Tennessee State after dropping their previous two games to Georgia and Tennessee.
The team will look to earn its 9th win of the season for the first time since 1977 against Louisville, a program that has had one of its worst years in recent memory with a current record of 2-9.
However, the Cardinals are playing in its final game of the season and are motivated to finish the year strong against their in-state rival.
“I think it’s all about pride. I think you can take the records and throw them away,” said Louisville Interim Head Coach Lorenzo Ward. “Traditionally when two teams in the same state go against each other it becomes a pride deal. It’s something you get to brag about for 364 days of the year if you win.”
The Governor’s Cup has been very one-sided over the last several years. Louisville has come out on top in in six of the last seven meetings, including a 44-17 win last year in Lexington.
“We put it behind us but we never forget,” said Kentucky Linebacker Kash Daniel. “It’s always in the back of our mind, it’s called a ‘spade a spade,’ we got embarrassed last year. It doesn’t leave the back of your mind but it’s also a thing we don’t dwell on or say ‘revenge game’ this and that, because that would be hyping it up more than it is and we need to treat it like a regular game and go out and play football.”
Kentucky and Louisville will kickoff at 7pm Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2. The Governor’s Cup series is tied 15-15.