CRAWFORD | Kentucky vs. Louisville: What's at stake?
Kentucky is playing for a bowl bid. Louisville is playing for a shot at an Orange Bowl bid. The game has moved to the end of the season, and the stakes have been more clearly defined for Saturday's annual rivalry matchup.
Monday, November 24th 2014, 10:27 am EST by
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The game has been moved to the end of the season, but the stakes have only become clearer in the football rivalry meeting between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky this weekend.
The teams will kick off Saturday at noon in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. For visiting Kentucky, on the line is a bowl bid. The Wildcats are 5-6. A win sends them to a bowl appearance -- something no one gave the Wildcats a chance to achieve before this season.
And for Louisville? The Cards are headed to the postseason with an 8-3 record, but they remain in the hunt for an Orange Bowl slot — and it's not a stretch to see them earning it.
The highest ranked non-playoff team from the ACC by contract goes to the Orange Bowl. Georgia Tech is that team right now, but still must play both Georgia and Florida State (in the ACC championship game).
Behind Georgia Tech but still ahead of U of L is Clemson, which has one game left — against rival South Carolina, though the game is at home. Clemson opened as a 4 1/2 point favorite.
If those other teams lose and Louisville wins out, the Cards could be headed back to Miami. Otherwise it's anyone's guess as to where the Cards will wind up.
"We talked about it before the (Notre Dame) game," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "We talked in terms of wanting to win two games to finish the year. There are some things out there for us. But the main thing you want in your mind is the process, what we have to do to win this next game."
U of L opened as 14-point favorites over the Wildcats, even starting true freshman Reggie Bonnafon at quarterback.
and WDRB-TV will have coverage of the coaches Monday news conference. Stay tuned.
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