My how things have changed

Just a few short seasons ago the Kentucky Wildcats were struggling under Coach Rich Brooks, while an hour to the west Bobby Petrino had the Cardinals thinking they could contend for a national title game. When the Cats and Cards clash next weekend it is the Kentucky Wildcats who are coming off three straight bowl wins, while the Cards are looking for wins of any kind.

When the Kentucky Wildcats meet the Louisville Cardinals, both 1-0 on the season, Saturday fans will witness a reversal of where both teams were just a few short seasons ago.

In 2006 Louisville was seeking to extend and improve upon its recent string of successful seasons under Bobby Petrino. The Kentucky Wildcats were seeking to end a streak of futile seasons reaching back to the short-lived Guy Morriss era.

A disappointing loss to the Cardinals was a part of the early season struggles the 2006 Wildcats endured prior to bouncing back to finish the season 8-5 and a Music City Bowl Championship.

That season began UK's string of bowls, and also marked the last time the Cards have been to a bowl.

When UK and Louisville played in 2007 a Wildcat victory ended a string of losses to their rivals dating back to 2002. It also marked Steve Kragthorpe's first UK-UL game.

Now it is the Cardinals who come to town in hopes of a win against their rival to propel them back to the winning ways they once experienced. Across the field Rich Brooks and his charges will be seeking to build on recent successes, and know this game is important in achieving the goal of a fourth consecutive bowl game.

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