Preview: Kentucky at Louisville

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky


No. 23 Louisville looks for its fourth straight win in the Governor's Cup when it hosts Kentucky on Saturday. The two teams have experienced contrasting fortunes in the last six weeks as the Cardinals have won three of their past four games - including a 31-28 road victory over Notre Dame - while the Wildcats have dropped five in a row. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino owns a 4-0 record in the series and hopes to extend that streak while pouring more misery on his instate rival. 

Kentucky is coming off a bye week and is in danger of missing a bowl game after starting the season 5-1. The Wildcats haven't clinched a postseason berth since 2010 and have given up 50 points or more in back-to-back blowout losses to No. 9 Georgia and Tennessee. "We've got a lot to play for and guys are excited and energized," coach Mark Stoops told reporters. "I think a win this weekend would do an awful lot for these players, and I think they deserve it."

TV: Noon, ET, ESPN 2. LINE: Louisville -12.5

ABOUT KENTUCKY (5-6): Quarterback Patrick Towles sprained his ankle in the 50-16 loss to the Volunteers, but will likely get the starting nod on Saturday despite wearing a protective boot after the game. Freshman wide receiver Dorian Baker - who has caught 19 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown - is set to undergo surgery after injuring his knee during practice last week. Towles has thrown more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two) in his last three outings and has failed to top 200 yards passing in any game during that span. 

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (8-3): Safety Gerod Holliman - who leads the nation with 13 interceptions - has picked off five passes in his last three games and needs one more to equal the NCAA single-season record. Quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was named the ACC Rookie of the Week after accounting for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the win against the Fighting Irish. DeVante Parker has caught 29 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns in his last four games after missing the previous seven with a foot injury. 

EXTRA POINTS

1. Louisville has won seven out of the last 11 meetings with Kentucky. 

2. The Cardinals are 4-1 at home with their only loss coming to unbeaten Florida State. 

3. The Wildcats have given up 113 points in their last two games.

PREDICTION: Louisville 35, Kentucky 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Kentucky 5-6 L5 28.2 30.1 5-2 0-4 5-5 0-0 2-6
Louisville 8-3 W2 31.5 18.7 4-1 4-2 1-2 0-0 5-3

Last Meeting

Kentucky Louisville
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/14/13 LOU 27 UK 13 376 162 214 492 242 250

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UK M. Smith 45.0 109 0 0
LOU T. Bridgewater 57.1 250 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UK J. Kemp 5 80 16.0 0
LOU S. Perry 11 100 9.1 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UK R. Timmons 3 72 24.0 0
LOU D. Copeland 3 81 27.0 0
TDs Player TD
UK A. Montgomery 1
LOU S. Perry 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UK P. Towles 58.0 2542 14 7
LOU W. Gardner 57.5 1669 12 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UK S. Williams 57 362 6.4 3
LOU B. Radcliff 104 581 5.6 9
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UK R. Timmons 45 536 11.9 2
LOU D. Parker 29 555 19.1 2
TDs Player TD
UK P. Towles 6
LOU B. Radcliff 9

Quickchart Matchup

Kentucky Off vs  Louisville Def
389.5 yards
291.1 yards
4.2 yards/rush
2.9 yards/rush
6.9 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt
Louisville Off vs  Kentucky Def
389.4 yards
401 yards
3.8 yards/rush
4.7 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
6.4 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-115
-14
-110
53
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-13
-110
52.5
Sportsbook
-110
-13
-110
52.5
5Dimes.eu
-110
-13.5
-110
52
GTBets.eu
-110
-13.5
-110
52
Top Bet
-110
-13
-110
52.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-13.5
-110
52
BetDSI
-115
-12.5
-110
52
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-114
-13.5
-114
52.5
Belmont
-110
-13
-110
52.5
BookMaker.eu
-115
-12.5
-110
52
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-13.5
-110
52.5
Mirage
-110
-13.5
-110
52
Station
-110
-13
-110
52.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Kentucky Overall Louisville
5-6-0 W/L 8-3-0
6-5-0 ATS 7-4-0
7-4-0 O/U 4-6-1
28.2 Pts For 31.5
30.1 Pts Against 18.7
Kentucky A/H Louisville
0-4 W/L 4-1
1-3-0 ATS 2-3-0
2-2-0 O/U 2-2-1
14.8 Pts For 35.6
36.8 Pts Against 20.8