The 2013 edition of the Governor's Cup is days away and the two participating football programs are at completely different stages of the being-good-at-football process. Kentucky, the team you root for, is coming off a much-needed convincing win after suffering a catastrophic loss to the Hilltoppers in the season opener; while Louisville, the team you loathe, is loaded with talent, including Heisman trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater, and has a schedule that screams undefeated season. And national championship snub.
Much of the early week here at KSR was spent focusing on the alumni game and how awesome it was -- sorry, football fans -- but now we're ready to direct our focus to beating the Louisville Cardinals and ruining their hopes and dreams of 12-0.
It's the week before the biggest game of the year, Louisville still sucks, and here are some things you need to know as kickoff approaches.
Teddy Bridgewater leads the nation in touchdown passes.
Touchdown Teddy has thrown nine TDs through the first two games of the 2013 college football season, leading the nation in passing scores. He's the first Louisville quarterback to throw for nine touchdowns in the first two games since Brian Brohm in 2007. That 2007 Louisville team, coincidentally, was a top ten team through two games and coming off a BCS bowl win the year before -- and then Stevie got loose in Commonwealth Stadium in the third week of the season.
Louisville ranks ninth in points allowed.
Ohio and Eastern Kentucky managed to only score one touchdown apiece against the Cardinals in the first two games in Papa John's Stadium this season. Ohio and Eastern Kentucky aren't very good at football, though.
Las Vegas is rooting for Kentucky.
With over 90% of the betting public taking Louisville in the game with the second-most action this weekend, Las Vegas sports books will be chanting "On-On-U-of-K" once the ball is kicked. Vegas generally tries to get an equal amount of money on each side of a line, but even an early five-point movement couldn't sway bettors to take Kentucky.
Vegas has a lot riding on a Kentucky cover.
Louisville is deep at running back.
Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer, and Dominique Brown make up a vicious three-headed monster at running back for the Cardinals. Perry, the starter for Saturday, leads the team with 94 yards on the ground, while Dyer and Brown have tallied 70 and 53 yards rushing, respectively.
Charlie Strong's offense relies on Bridgewater's arm, but don't sleep on the backfield.
Michael Dyer likes guns and marijuana.
Transfer running back Michael Dyer enrolled at Louisville this fall to repair his tarnished image. Dyer left Auburn -- where he was named Offensive MVP in the BCS National Championship as a true freshman -- prior to the 2011 Chik-fil-A Bowl after he was suspended indefinitely for a failed drug test. It was later discovered that a gun owed by Dyer was used in a robbery committed by four teammates in the spring of 2011 between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Dyer transferred to Arkansas State University with intentions to play football after sitting out the 2012 season. However, marijuana and a gun were found in Dyer's vehicle when he was pulled over for going 96 mph in a 70 mph zone, forcing then ASU head coach Gus Malzahn to dismiss Dyer from the team.
My point is, Dyer likes guns and marijuana.
Marijuana and guns violate two of Louisville's five core values.
The fact that Louisville has to list these "core values" on the wall of the locker room still blows my mind. Treat women with respect? The players really need to be reminded to do that?! No drugs? No stealing? No guns?
What about murder, prostitution, arson, jaywalking and ripping the tag off a mattress?
Zeke Pike is on Louisville's roster, somewhere.
Remember him? He was that quarterback from Dixie Heights ranked higher than Patrick Towles in the 2012 class. Pike signed to play quarterback for Auburn, got arrested on campus prior to his freshman season, and now he's a tight end at Louisville.
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This game means something different to Jason Hatcher.
Hatcher chose to sign with Kentucky over his hometown Cardinals, a rare move from a product of Trinity High School. Louisville wide receiver James Quick, his former high school teammate, stuck with Trinity tradition and signed with Louisville last spring.
UK's young defensive end, the star of Stoops' first recruiting class, said Saturday's game holds a special place in his heart.
The KSR pregame show starts at 8:30 a.m. on 630 WLAP.
Listen from the parking lot, because you should be tailgating by then.
Stuff like this will be found around Commonwealth Stadium.
With the Louisville game in Commonwealth Stadium, comes the Louisville fans in Commonwealth Stadium. Several of the UofL fan base's finest citizens will make the hourlong drive down 64 to see their Cards in action, meaning we'll see things we're not used to seeing at a Kentucky football game.
Get your cameras ready for male tramp stamps, stripper poles in truck beds, mountains of empty Mad Dog 20/20 bottles, and whatever else hops on a Greyhound to Lexington Saturday morning.