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Kentucky and Louisville go head-to-head in the bluegrass showdown


Louisville (7-4) at Kentucky (6-5), Saturday 3 p.m. EST (SEC)


Series record: Kentucky leads 18-15.

Louisville has won five of six and is targeting its first Governor’s Cup win over Kentucky since 2017. The Wildcats have lost their last two and five of seven, including last week’s 16-6 home loss to No. 1 Georgia.

Louisville’s attack versus Kentucky’s defense. Whether it’s Malik Cunningham or Brock Domann starting at quarterback, the Cardinals rolled last. Doubtful with a shoulder injury sustained at Clemson, mobile Cunningham missed the 25-10 win over North Carolina State. Domann improved as a starter to 2-0 despite only passing 153 yards. The Cardinals rank 48th on FBS offense with 413.8 points per game but face a Kentucky defense that held No. 1 Georgia on just one touchdown and kept the Wildcats in the game with a goal-line stand.

Louisville: LB Yasir Abdullah. The senior was an all-around force during the Cardinals’ resurgence from a 2-4 start. He recorded a career-high 2 1/2 sacks against NC State and leads the ACC with eight. His national-leading four forced fumbles — one of which was returned for a crucial touchdown against Pittsburgh — are bolstered by 53 tackles, seven QB rushes and four pass breakups.

Kentucky: RB Chris Rodriguez. The senior managed just 51 yards on 17 carries against Georgia’s stingy defense but has still averaged over 100 yards per fight since returning from suspension. Rodriguez is 216 yards away from his second straight 1,000-yard season.

The Cardinals have won their most games since Scott Satterfield’s first season in 2019 and are qualified for the Bowl for the third time. … James Turner’s four clean field goals against the Wolfpack set a school record in a single game. He is the ACC’s Co-Specialist of the Week. … Tyler Hudson needs 49 yards to become Louisville’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Tutu Atwell in 2019. … Kentucky has won the last three meetings by an overall margin of 153-44. … Coach Mark Stoops has signed a contract extension that will pay an annual base salary of $8.6 million and keep him with the Wildcats through the 2030 season. … Kentucky will honor 28 seniors ahead of their home finals. … The Governor’s Cup is a 33-inch, 110-pound trophy made of marble, crystal and brass with a pewter bowl – the latter two with 23-karat gold plating.

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