DEMAREE: Series set to make possible change?

All rational Cat fans should not discount the fact the Cards are coming to town with a loaded boat Don't make the mistake of looking at what they lost from last years team, because when a team reaches the level of proficiency of the Cards, they start to reload rather than rebuild.

Rationality should be the overall theme when thinking of the University of Louisville game All rational Cat fans should not discount the fact UK had two games on its schedule before the U of L game - and a slip up was avoided. But the talk of the Cats-Cards, all be it the placement of the game, was still as prevalent as it was before the re-positioning of the game. Though the possibilities are much greater than a year ago, all rational Cat fans should not discount the fact the Cards are coming to town with a loaded-boat Don't make the mistake of looking at what they lost from last years team because when a team reaches the level of proficiency of the Cards, they start to reload rather than rebuild. But upon closer observation, perhaps there maybe some chinks in their armor.

All that said, this interstate (I-64) game has many interesting facets that shapes it up to be a very interesting match up. One of those facets is that UK's boat has enough buoyancy that it and won't sink. The talent disparity is close enough that the perceived little things will be huge, i.e. the kicking game and the rest of special teams play and turnovers. There is genuine concern in the Ville because they suspect this match up is not about David against Goliath. One facet being the players who are the stars on both teams, who will be scrutinized more in depth as Saturday draws near.

Who is Steve Kragthorpe? Many of the rank and file Louisville fans have many questions and apprehensions about the new head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. What are their concerns? The last two coaches John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino ran an offense that featured the vertical passing game. Kragthorpe is most known for the West Coast offense, which employs more of the dink and dunk variety of passes. Good for a guy like Harry Douglas but questionable for a guy like Mario Urrutia. Tom Jurich actually hired Kragthorpe before he went to Tulsa and then he doubled back and hired Petrino, so Kragthorpe was his man for a long time. It appears the Kragthorpe offense has dispelled all those concerns.

"Kragthorpe is the complete opposite from Petrino," former offensive coach Mike Summers said. "He likes to do the PR (public relations) things and he's not a holler guy. Some players will respond to that style and some players won't." Will the U of L players suffer discipline relapse? From where I sit, U of L needs at least three back-to-back B.C.S. bowls to rise beyond the level of a stepping stone program for head coaches. "Kragthorpe makes them want to do it, Petri no made them do it," said former UK marketing director and now U of L National Marketing Director Kyle Moats.

On the UK side, it's still about recruiting and building a talent base. UK coaches are continuing to ravish the massive talent base in Georgia and in the meantime Joker Phillips continues to raid South Carolina and LaGrange High School in LaGrange, Georgia. The objective being to avert the last four decade trend of one or two and done label that many people are tagging them with. The Wildcats played 27 true freshmen over the last two seasons but the tell-tale sign of stellar progress will be when they start to red-shirt most of their incoming freshmen.

Rich Brooks has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to be the longest tenured head coach in UK history. For a while it looked like his hour-glass was running out of sand quickly but last years success has cause the glass to be flipped and he could realize that goal. However the flow of sand will be brought to a slow trickle with a victory over Louisville.

Any rational fan would say the entire future of Rich Brooks doesn't hinge on victory over Louisville, but he did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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