LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – This story won't make its way into the University of Kentucky locker room. Not this week.

Kentucky is the largest underdog of any BCS-football conference program this weekend.

Michigan is a 12 1/2-point underdog against Alabama. Washington State is a 13 ½-point underdog against Brigham Young. But Kentucky is a 14-point underdog against Louisville.

The UK players said they will avoid items that outline the idea that Louisville is a two-touchdown favorite to handle the Wildcats in the season opener for both teams Sunday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

But they also admit that they know that the world expects U of L to win. And that U of L fans expect the Cardinals to roll. And that even some UK fans expect Louisville to win. They are aware of the grumbling.

Fine. Perfect.  Couldn't better.


"The pressure is off of us," said UK offensive tackle Matt Smith. "We have nothing to lose. We go out there and play the game we know how to play. We're hoping to shock a lot of people this year."

Kentucky beating Louisville would quality as a shock.

Does Joker Phillips enjoy the no-hope, no-chance angle to this game?

"I do," Phillips said. "I mean, what a great opportunity for us. We've played a lot of Top 25 teams, come out on top on  some. This is a great opportunity for us to play against a Top 25 team in our first game."

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