It’s rivalry week, and the whole state of Kentucky will be tuning in as the Louisville Cardinals take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky is entering 6-5 while Louisville is sitting at 7-4.
That said, Louisville may have to prepare for a catastrophic scenario in which their top-two quarterbacks sit out. Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting that “Micale Cunningham and Evan Conley have received IV treatments and are considered game-time decisions.”
However, Cameron Teague of the Courier-Journal reports that both quarterbacks are expected to play:
Was told from a team spokesman that the rumor that Micale Cunningham and Evan Conley being out today is not true. Cunningham will start today.— Cameron Teague (@cj_teague) November 30, 2019
KSR noted that the explosive second-year wide receiver Tutu Atwell may get the call if both were sidelined. That could mean that the Cardinals will opt to run wildcat formation, typically one with two running backs and no traditional quarterback, for the bulk of the game, testing Kentucky’s defensive line and linebacking corps.
With a dual-threat sophomore quarterback in Cunningham, the Wildcats typically opted to give him options in both the run game and pass game. He’s thrown for over 1,700 yards this season as well.
Just a few seasons removed from having Lamar Jackson at quarterback, running these options should be something the coach is familiar with drawing up.
But, it’s certainly not going to bolster Louisville’s odds in the Governor’s Cup.
Riding a two-game win streak, Kentucky is finally getting stronger as the season progresses. Sadly, injuries and sickness is looking like to play a part because even if Cunningham and Conley suit up they’ll clearly not be at 100%.
Both teams are already bowl eligible, but if we’re being honest, this game probably means more to both these teams than the bowl game will.