Kentucky-Louisville Preview Capsule
The Associated Press
Nov. 26, 2014
Kentucky (5-6) at No. 24 Louisville (8-3, No. 22 CFP), Noon, ESPN2
Line: Louisville by 12 1/2.
Series record: Kentucky leads 14-12.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Kentucky's objective is ending a five-game losing streak and becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, the last year the Wildcats also beat rival Louisville for the Governor's Cup. The bowl-eligible Cardinals look to bolster their Orange Bowl hopes with a third straight victory.
Louisville WR DeVante Parker vs. Kentucky's secondary. The senior has caught up quickly after missing the first seven games with a broken left small toe, catching 29 passes for 555 yards and two TDs in four contests. The Cardinals figure to target Parker often against a Kentucky pass defense that ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference (200 yards per game) and has 13 interceptions.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kentucky: DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree. The senior enters his final regular season game as the team's second-leading tackler (68) and is coming off a career-high 15 stops at Tennessee. Dupree's 6.5 sacks are tied for eighth in the SEC and he needs half a sack to match last season's career high.
Louisville: QB Reggie Bonnafon. Despite being hit-or-miss at times during an emotional freshman season that has included his father's death, he has five touchdowns each rushing and passing and is 3-1 as a starter.
FACTS & FIGURES
Saturday marks the first time the rivalry game is the season finale for both schools. ... Since starting 5-1, Kentucky has allowed at least 40 points and 423 yards per game in four of its five losses. ... Louisville is coming off a 31-28 win over Notre Dame and has scored at least 30 points the past four games. ... First-year Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino went 4-0 against the Wildcats in his first stint with Louisville and is 5-1 all-time vs. Kentucky, including last season's win with Western Kentucky.