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CRAWFORD | Counting down to kickoff: Kentucky vs. Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time ever, Kentucky and Louisville will meet in a regular-season finale. We're less than 24 hours from kickoff now, but will still go with 24 items to count down to the 27th meeting between the rivals.

24 - Rushing touchdowns for Louisville this season, ranking No. 42 in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

23 - Number of seniors U of L will honor on its senior day. The class is 38-12 over the past four seasons. A win over UK and in the bowl game would give the class an even 40 for the past four years. Over the past three seasons, U of L is 31-5.

22 (1/2) - Career sacks for UK defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree. He and U of L lineman Lorenzo Mauldin are tied for 51st nationally with 6.5 sacks apiece in their senior seasons.

21 - Consecutive road losses for UK football, whose last road win came in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in the 2010 season-opener against Louisville.

20 - Touchdowns allowed by the Louisville defense this season. Only eight FBS teams have given up fewer.

19 - Number of words in the signature smack talk in the series this season, uttered by Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown before the team's spring game, referring to fan support at UK: “The other team doesn't want to hear that, but it's it. We're the show in town, in the state.”

18.7 - Points allowed per game this season by U of L, ranking 13th in the nation. The Cardinals have actually given up more points per game at home — 20.8, which ranks 47th nationally.

17 - Number of plays of 40 or more yards for Kentucky this season, tied for 17th in FBS.

16 - Bowl games in U of L history. The Cardinals have advanced to bowls in 14 of the past 17 seasons and will be making their fifth straight bowl trip after this season.

15 - Bowl games UK has been to in its history. With five wins coming in, the Wildcats are hoping to earn No. 16 with a victory at Louisville. The Wildcats' record in bowl games is 8-7.

14 - Opening point spread for the game, with U of L favored. The line has since gone down to 13 1/2 in the Las Vegas Consensus published by VegasInsiders.com. The consensus under is 52 1/2.

13 - Turnovers lost by Kentucky this season, which ranks 20th in FBS.

12 - Years since UK beat a ranked opponent on the road — a win at Louisville in 2002.

11 - Former Wildcats now on NFL rosters. U of L has 15 on NFL rosters after having four players drafted last season, three in the first round.

10 - Number of players on UK's roster from Louisville: sophomore defensive end Jason Hatcher (Trinity), junior cornerback Rodney Cox (Manual), freshman cornerback Keron Wakefield (Manual), freshman tight end Thaddeus Kazunas (Trinity), freshman tight end James Campbell (Trinity), sophomore kicker Max Strong (Trinity), sophomore tight end Tanner Fink (North Oldham), senior offensive lineman Max Godby (Christian Academy), freshman wide receiver Miles Thompson (Manual) and freshman wide receiver Charles Walker (St. Xavier).

9 - Bobby Petrino's career record in Senior Day games is 9-0. Also the number of teams UK will have played in the regular season that have been ranked or receiving votes in The Associated Press poll at some point this season.

8 - Consecutive weeks without a bye in this season's schedule for UK, which comes into Saturday's rivalry game with two weeks of preparation.

7 - Louisville's national ranking in total defense. The Cardinals are giving up 290.2 yards per game, and are one of just eight FBS teams giving up fewer than 300 yards per game. It will be the highest-rated defense Kentucky has faced this season.

6 - Consecutive wins in the month of November for Louisville. Their last November loss was to Connecticut in triple-overtime in 2012.

5 - Petrino victories vs. UK, with one loss. Petrino has four wins vs. the Wildcats as coach at Louisville and one as coach at Western Kentucky.

4 - Number of consecutive games in which Louisville has scored at least 30 points. The Cardinals are averaging 31.5 points per game this season and 32.5 during the past four games.

3 - Louisville's national ranking in rushing defense. The Cardinals allow just 88.45 yards per game and are one of only six teams in FBS allowing fewer than 100 yards per game. The Cardinals rank No. 9 nationally in rushing defense if counting only games played against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.

2 - Number of quarterbacks in U of L history who have rushed for more touchdowns than Cardinals' freshman Reggie Bonnafon has run for this season (5). Dave Ragone ran for six in 2000 and Benny Russell carried for eight in 1965.

1 - Gerod Holliman's national ranking in interceptions, with 13. He needs only one to tie the NCAA FBS record that was set in 1968. Holliman is one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski trophy, given annually to the top defensive player in college football.

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