The Kentucky Wildcats football team is bowl eligible for the fourth season in a row, the basketball Wildcats are starting to roll, and both programs continue to trend upward. In the next month or so, however, there are two major tests that fans seem to care almost as much about as championships. Kentucky will face the Louisville Cardinals in both football (November 30th) and basketball (December 28th) before the calendar year has ended.
For football, a victory for the Wildcats would guarantee that Kentucky will not have a losing record. Getting a seventh win would put Mark Stoops and company in a position to win eight games in what may be the best coaching job he has ever done, considering the amount of talent that moved on after last season and the injury bug that has devastated the quarterback room.
A win would be a second consecutive win over Louisville, and the third in four years. Many Louisville fans often claim that, even if the Wildcats are sometimes superior in basketball, the Commonwealth’s football crown belongs in Louisville. A third win in four years would go a long way to silencing some of that talk, and it certainly would not hurt in the ongoing recruiting battles either.
For the basketball team, the match-up with Louisville could end up being a game between two top-5 teams, if Kentucky is able to move up a few spots. Louisville is currently No. 2 in the country, and they do have a few battles lined up before facing Kentucky. The Cardinals will face Michigan and Texas Tech in the weeks leading up to this massive in-state match-up.
The Wildcats have won the last two match-ups on the hardwood, and a whopping 10 of the last 12. Louisville has had an incredibly fast turn around under coach Chris Mack, and their fans believe they have arrived once again as a national power. After defeating the No. 1 team in the country on opening night, Kentucky has been fairly underwhelming. However, with four full weeks of intense practice between now and the Louisville game, a lot can change for the Wildcats.
So, what do you think? Is a victory over Louisville more important in football or basketball?
What is more important: Kentucky beating Louisville in football or basketball?
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