Kentucky Wildcats Football: Fear and Loathing for the Louisville Cardinals

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Sep 7, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Michael Dyer (26) runs to the field before the start of game against Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville defeated Eastern Kentucky 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 7, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Michael Dyer (26) runs to the field before the start of game against Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Louisville defeated Eastern Kentucky 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Ah its game week versus the Dirty Birds. And that means we have no shortage of ammunition against the hated Cardinals from Louisville. My blood pressure is already boiling, so let’s get the poison out.

Sep 7, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) looks to pass against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels during the second half of play at Papa John

FEAR FACTOR

As with any rivalry game, the fear of losing to your hated rival warrants at least five points on its own. And I think that most Kentucky fans are pretty aware of what should happen tomorrow, there is still the added fear of a blowout loss. Let’s face it. Kentucky is rebuilding off a 2-10 season while Louisville is ranked #7 nationally. It’s a pretty good bet that Louisville will win this year and win probably easily. They have a lot of weapons on both sides of the ball that Kentucky can not match right now. So it’s really not the fear of losing to Louisville that is big for me, it is the fear of being blown out of Commonwealth Stadium.

On paper, this should be a Cardinal blowout. And last years game was ugly. It was so ugly that Charlie Strong actually showed mercy after halftime and took it easy on UK. Louisville could have named their score in that game but came away with a somewhat respectable in the history books 32-14 win. I don’t think that UL is happy with that and I think that their gameplan is to win by as many points humanly possible.

Let’s face it. The Cardinal’s schedule is soft as Charmin and they feel the need to post a 56-7 whipping on a SEC school. The Cards have the talent to do so and will be properly motivated. To be honest, after the WKU game, I am unsure if the Wildcats can stop UL’s offense at all and while I hope for a respectable loss, I am nervous about that 56-7 possibility where everything goes wrong.

What makes matters worse is that if Kentucky is the victim of an embarrassing, blow out loss, it will be fourteen and a half months before UK can even think about redemption, due to the new scheduling of this game in future years.

FEAR FACTOR: 8 of 10

 

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