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The Governor’s Cup is up for grabs in this rivalry that Kentucky had recently controlled until Louisville’s 24-17 victory last year ended a four-game losing streak. Louisville seeks its 11th win in its last 14 season openers while Kentucky aims for its 84th overall.


Louisville’s offensive line against Kentucky’s defensive line. The Cardinals return four starters up front and are looking to improve after yielding 41 sacks last season with a collection of freshmen. Kentucky features a huge interior duo in juniors tackles Donte Rumph (315 pounds) and Mister Cobble (331), who’ll draw attention from Louisville sophomore guards John Miller and Jake Smith and senior center Mario Benavides.


Kentucky: WR La’Rod King. The senior was a bright spot in the Wildcats’ offense last season with 40 receptions for 598 yards and seven touchdowns. His 1,218 yards rank 19th on UK’s career list, but a good game could gain several spots and he’s in position to break the top 10 this season.

Louisville: QB Teddy Bridgewater. Last year’s Big East Rookie of the Year passed for 2,129 yards and 14 touchdowns with a 64.5 completion rate. After throwing four touchdowns and five interceptions in his first six games, he tossed for 10 TDs against eight INTs in his next seven games.


Louisville, which shared last year’s Big East Conference championship with West Virginia and Cincinnati, is the preseason media favorite. … The Cardinals are 10-8 against the Wildcats since the series resumed in 1994 but 3-4 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with a two-game losing streak. … Kentucky, coming off consecutive losing seasons, was picked to finish seventh in the SEC East division. … This is the 15th time the schools have opened the season against each other, with Louisville holding an 8-6 edge.