UK offensive lineman Matt Smith says all the pressure is on Louisville Sunday.
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.
"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
"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."