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Cats vs. Cards start time, TV info and early odds/predictions

Louisville opens as the early favorite.

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The opening odds are out, and the Louisville Cardinals are currently 2.5-point favorites over the Kentucky Wildcats as of Sunday afternoon, according to DraftKings.

It may seem odd that Kentucky is an underdog, but remember, the Cardinals have four losses in games which they were tied or led in the fourth quarter. So don’t let their 6-5 record fool you into thinking this is a game Kentucky should win comfortably.

Instead, expect this to be a highly-contested matchup that comes down to the final minutes.

Kentucky leads the all-time series 17-15 thanks to three wins in the last four editions of the Governor’s Cup.

The 2021 college football regular-season finale will feature a primetime Governor’s Cup clash between the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals.

Following Kentucky’s win over New Mexico State on Saturday, the school announced that Cats vs. Cards will kick off on ESPN2 at 7:30 pm ET.

Louisville will enter the game 6-5 and already having clinched bowl eligibility following a 62-22 road win at Duke. The Cards are on a bit of a hot streak, as they’ve won the last two games — home vs. Syracuse and at Duke — by a combined 103-25 margin.

This will be a very tough challenge for the 8-3 Wildcats, who’ve won two straight by a combined 90-33 margin in wins at Vanderbilt and at home vs. New Mexico State.

Kentucky has won two straight in this series, including a 45-13 win over Louisville at Kroger Field in the 2019 season. The two in-state rivals did not play last season due to the SEC implementing a conference-only schedule for all 14 league members.

For what it’s worth, ESPN’s matchup predictor is giving Louisville a 61.8% chance of winning this year’s edition of the Governor’s Cup, while TeamRankings projects a 27-24 win for the Cards. OddsShark projects a 35-30 win for the home team.

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