Taylor: It doesn't get any bigger

Football just doesn't get any bigger than this in the Bluegrass. Louisville has established itself among the top football teams in the nation, and wants to remain there despite a coaching change. Kentucky is coming off a Music City Bowl win and has won eight of its last nine games.

It doesn't get any bigger.

Louisville is a player nationally and has established itself among the top football teams in the nation. Kentucky wants to become a key fixture in the collegiate ranks.

The Wildcats will get that opportunity Saturday in a highly-anticipated match-up Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

The following are five things to keep an eye once the two rivals take the field in a battle for the Governor's Cup, which the Cardinals have held in their possession for the past four years.

Quarterbacks

Brian Brohm has been the steady arm for the Cardinals, while Andre Woodson has progressed to Brohm's level in the past three years. Brohm may have had the upper hand in the previous two meetings, but Woodson is equally as good this time around.

Already this season, Brohm has thrown for 776 yards, compared to 468 for Woodson. This matchup will be fun to watch.

Running backs

Kentucky has Rafael Little, who is in the best shape of his playing career.

Unlike Allen, Little has Tony Dixon and Alfonso Smith to help carry the load and take the pressure off in the backfield.

Little has gained 237 yards in his first two appearances.

The Cardinals have Anthony Allen, who rushed for 275 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in a win over Middle Tennessee last week. Allen also inscribed his name into the school's record book for most rushing yards in a single outing last week.

Wide receivers

Keenan Burton would like nothing better than to beat his hometown Cardinals in front of the home crowd. Burton still cheers for Louisville, only when he's not playing against them.

Burton has caught 12 passes for 158 yards and two scores, while Dicky Lyons and Steve Johnson are solid threats. Jacob Tamme is a solid option at tight end.

Harry Douglas and Mario Urrutia are Brohm's favorite targets. In two games, Douglas has hauled in 13 passes for 251 yards and three scores.

Coaches

Rich Brooks has yet to beat Louisville and had the game moved to later in the season after playing the Cardinals in the opening week during the first four years of his tenure as coach.

Steve Kragthorpe has yet to play against a legitimate opponent that competes in a tough conference in his tenure at Louisville and no one knows how the first-year Cardinals coach will fare under a new set of circumstances. Brooks knows a little history behind the series, while Kragthorpe is a new player in this rivalry, which will make it interesting for both sides.

Defense

This one will be tough to figure out. Both teams are more known for their scoring offensive units as opposed to the defensive side of the football. Something will have to give.

Kentucky has had success stopping the run, while Louisville gave up 42 points against the Blue Raiders last week.

The Wildcats have allowed just 30 points in two games and appear to be better than last year, especially in the secondary.

Again, this will be an interesting test for both defensive units.


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