Taylor's Thoughts: UK-UL still a rivalry

Although cable giant ESPN has declined to televise Kentucky's game against Louisville this season, it doesn''t take away from the importance of the annual contest between the two rivals.

Traditionally the football opener for both programs, the series will take on a new look when the two teams meet during the third week of the season on Sept. 22 as opposed to Labor Day weekend.

Louisville opposed the move, but both schools agreed to keep the game as the opener when the two teams meet in the Pizza Palace, also known as Papa John''s Stadium.

Despite the tube turmoil over whether or not the game will be televised, the game will feature some interesting angles from both sides.

Both teams have legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates in Andre Woodson and Brian Brohm. A year ago, Woodson was fighting for survival as the team''s signal caller, while Brohm was busy sharpening his skills in preparation for the next level.

Brohm had the edge over Woodson in last year's contest, but it will be a dead heat this time around to determine which player can lay claim as the best quarterback in the Bluegrass.

Woodson was expected to return for his senior season, while Brohm surprisingly decided to come back one last time. Both players figure to be high draft picks in next year's NFL Draft and will have a say in who will win college football's highest honor.

On the sidelines, both coaches will be looking for their first win against each other. Kentucky coach Rich Brooks is 0-4 against the Cardinals, while first-year coach Steve Kragthorpe will make his debut against the Wildcats.

Kentucky has a new defensive coordinator - Steve Brown - and Louisville still has Mike Cassity calling the plays against the opposing team''s offense.

Kentucky has virtually its entire offensive arsenal from last season, while Louisville has reloaded its guns for another successful run. Whether the game is played at the start, middle or end of the schedule, it''s still a rivalry and one that will generate an interest from one end of the state to the other.

It's still a rivalry.

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