The Battle for the Governor’s Cup originated in 1912 as a football game played between the two big in-state Universities in Kentucky; the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Although the rivalry was short lived in the early days and not very exciting, as UK held Louisville scoreless in the first six meetings, former UK player & University of Louisville Head Football Coach, Howard Schellenberger renewed the rivalry in 1994. And it’s been nothing but a War since.
While UK leads the original series 14-10, the University of Louisville currently holds the Governor’s Cup. Coming in this season ranked 25th in the AP Poll with something to prove after last seasons loss in the Belk Bowl, it looks to me like Louisville will be keeping the Cup.
I was lucky enough to attend the Governor’s Cup Press Conference at the Cardinal Club for CardinalSportsZone.Com. After hearing of Louisville’s improvement as well as Sophomore Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s improvements, I was anxious to see the team in action on the practice days. Needless to say, I was impressed. Louisville looked well conditioned and strong. A few players had dramatically shaped up, including Preston Brown, who dropped 25 pounds in the off season. Coach Strong and the coaching staff have kept these guys in shape.
While I think UK has potential to keep up with a strong UofL team, I don’t think that’s how it will play out. The hype surrounding this UofL Football Team will definitely be lived up. When the Cards take the field on Sunday at 3:30pm, ALL of CardNation will see what our guys have been doing in the off season; how well conditioned the team is as a whole, how much the team has changed as a whole and how much individual players have changed and matured.
My prediction is that the CARDS will beat the Cats by at least 10, if not more.
Score: UofL 31- Uk 10