News & Notes: Louisville

Tim has the News & Notes headed into the Louisville game.

-The series record between Cincinnati and Louisville is up for debate. Cincinnati says the record is 26-17-1 in Cincinnati's favor while Louisville claims one more victory in a 26-18-1 series record. This debate goes back to 1922. That year Transylvania didn't honor its contract with Louisville which left the Cards with an open date. Louisville called UC and asked about playing a game so the Bearcats split their squad and sent their back-ups to Louisville while the starters went to Morgantown to play West Virginia. On November 4, 1922, the Bearcats lost two games and didn't score a point if you believe Louisville. The Bearcats were beaten 34-0 by the Mountaineers and 28-0 by the Cards. Now that's what I call a bad day.

-The Cards have won 10 of the last 14 games with Cincy, but the Bearcats have a 15-9 record in Cincinnati.

-Everyone knows Miami is UC's oldest rivalry, but who is the Bearcats second most common foe? If you said Louisville, you'd be wrong. Saturday's game will be UC's 45th game with Louisville (according to UC), but the Bearcats have played Ohio University 50 times. The last time UC and OU played was 1981, and the series is dead even at 23-23-4.

-The origin of the Keg of Nails game is vague, but some say the keg was used to shape nails and was started by a fraternity to signify the winners were "tough as nails."

-Louisville follows Saturday's game with a Thursday night game against Pitt on ESPN. Louisville will get plenty of exposure down the stretch. All but one of their remaining five games will be televised on an ESPN network.

-Cincinnati's victory over Connecticut last week gave Mark Dantonio his 10th victory in 18 games. Only three Bearcat football coaches since World War II have gotten to double digit wins sooner. Sid Gillman won 10 of his first 15 games in 1949 and 1950; Ray Nolting won 10 of his first 16 games in 1945 and 1946; and Mike Gottfried won 10 of his first 17 games in 1981 and 1982. As you can see, Coach Dantonio is in elite company.

-As the Bearcats position themselves for their second consecutive winning season, only two Bearcats head football coaches since World War II have accomplished the feat, Sid Gillman and Mike Gottfried.

-Eric Wood, a redshirt freshman from Elder, is listed as the Cards' starter at center. Other area players on the Louisville roster include Scott Kuhn (TE) of Conner, Mike Donoghue (OL) of Covington Catholic, James Jackson (FB) of Holmes, and Chase Floyd (S) from Boone County.

-Despite this season's two unexpected losses, Louisville still appears to be on track to go to its 8th bowl game in as many years. Last season the Cards led the nation in offense with 49.8 points per game and averaged over 40,000 fans at home.

-Saturday's game will be on Sirius radio channel 131.

-Louisville lists six senior starters on offense and six on defense.

-Mike Cassity Louisville's defensive coordinator served in the same capacity at UC in 1994 under Rick Minter.

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