The struggles and hardships endured in offseason conditioning programs, spring practices, and training camp become lessons learned for the winner of one of Kentucky’s most famous battles, the Battle for the Governor’s Cup. For the loser, these same struggles and hardships seem like wasted effort. Regardless of each teams season outlook, this game is the most important. A win against the rival marks a successful season regardless of the final record. Currently, we are less than a week away from the start of the college football season and the latest installment of this rivalry. Here are my views on the game:
Louisville comes into this season with high expectations after the emergence of several players last season, most notably Teddy Bridgewater, coupled with a highly talented recruiting class. Kentucky on the other hand has relatively low expectations this season. After several lack luster seasons, Coach Phillips is on the hot seat and has yet to bring in a notable recruiting class. Their special teams seems to be their strength, which won’t help much against a Cardinals team that can put points on the board fast. Also crippling is the fact that the UK secondary is undersized and depilated due to suspension. In my opinion, this is one of the keys to victory for the Cardinals… expose their secondary with Bridgewater, Parker, and Rogers.
In my opinion, the biggest matchup will be on the line. Aside from special teams, UK’s second strength is the defensive line. However, the Cards offensive line is not to shabby themselves anchored at center by senior Mario Benavides. The offensive line needs to have a solid game in order to give Bridgewater time to expose UK’s weak secondary. If this happens, look for a big game from Bridgewater and his supporting cast.
With Louisville marked as heavy favorites this game seems all but won, right? No, this is the battle for the Governor’s Cup and both teams will come prepared and ready to play regardless of the disparity in talent. However, I do believe this disparity in talent will be too much for the wildcats to overcome and Coach Strong and his team will keep the Governor’s cup in Louisville. Final score: 35-14