- Louisville Cardinals (7-4) at Kentucky Wildcats (6-5)
- Game Time: Noon on November 30th, 2019
- Location: Kroger Field - Lexington, Kentucky
- TV Channel: SEC Network
- Online Stream: WatchESPN
- Replay: WatchESPN and SEC Network (check local listings).
- Rosters: UK | UL
- Odds: The Wildcats are 3.5-point favorite against the Cardinals. ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Kentucky a 69.2% at victory.
- Weekend Weather Report
- Score Projection: OddsShark has Kentucky winning 32-30.
Rivalry week is here as the Kentucky Wildcats’ regular-season finale comes on Senior Day vs. the Louisville Cardinals.
The annual Governor’s Cup battle will see both teams enter the matchup already postseason eligible and looking bound for a middle-tier bowl game. But in this rivalry, pride is all that matters to these schools, and that’s enough for what should be a highly-contested game that takes 60 minutes to decide.
Kentucky is coming off a 50-7 win over UT-Martin to become bowl eligible while also breaking the school rushing record. The Wildcats’ offense has become one of the best rushing attacks the school has ever seen, as they’ve already passed last year’s rushing mark with two games still left to play.
The three-headed monster of AJ Rose, Kavosiey Smoke and Christopher Rodriguez has been nearly impossible for any defense to contain, as all three backs have rushed for 390+ yards while combining for 15 touchdowns.
However, the real story has been the emergence of Lynn Bowden, who spent the first 2.5 years of college at wide receiver, but injuries forced a move to quarterback. While he played the position in high school, no one saw Bowden becoming the force he has while leading Kentucky to a 4-2 mark as a starter following a 2-3 start by the team. He currently leads the team in rushing (951) and receiving (348), making him one of the nation’s best all-purpose players.
But don’t sleep on what Kentucky’s defense has done, as this unit has slowly improved throughout the year to become one of the best in college football.
The Kentucky defense ranks:— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) November 24, 2019
10th in passing yards allowed
17th in pass efficiency defense
18th in scoring defense
18th in first down defense
22nd in red zone defense
26th in total defense
Consecutive games allowing 30 points or fewer:— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 25, 2019
Iowa, Kentucky 15
Ohio State 13
Auburn, Georgia, San Diego State 12
Louisiana, Missouri, Wyoming 10
Appalachian State, BYU, Minnesota, Pitt 7
Air Force, Buffalo, Miami 6
On the other side, Louisville has enjoyed a surprising resurgence under first-year head coach Scott Satterfield. After helping Appalachian State become Group of 5 powerhouse that finished as a top-25 club in multiple seasons, Satterfield is now working his magic at Louisville, ad he’s already built one of the most explosive offenses in college football.
Louisville enters Week 14 ranked ninth in offensive pass efficiency, 25th in scoring offense, ninth in passer rating, 25th in rushing offense and 28th in total offense.
Arguably the biggest surprise has been redshirt freshman Javian Hawkins, who already ranks ninth on Louisville’s single-season rushing list with 1,278 yards so far this year.
At quarterback, Micale Cunningham has become one of the nation’s best dual-threat passers. With a passer rating of 198.7, Cunningham ranks behind only three players in FBS: Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and LSU’s Joe Burrow, who’ve been three of the top Heisman favorites for much of the season. Cunningham’s QBR of 84.2 ranks seventh nationally.
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