The 52nd Keg of Nails will be on the line Friday night when Louisville will host the Cincinnati Bearcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The first meeting in 1929 was won by the Bearcats 7-0. Cincinnati leads the series 30-20-1, including the last four. The “Keg” was originally initiated by two of the schools fraternities with the winning team being crowned “tough as nails.”
Both teams are tied with Rutgers at the top of The Big East however the Bearcats are coming off a disappointing loss at Toledo. Louisville narrowly escaped South Florida last week and has been on the winning end of a number of close games on their way to a 7-0 record. Louisville has struggled to put together two solid halves of football and will need to be more consistent on both sides of the ball if they expect to beat their bitter rival. As if this rivalry needed any “bulletin board material”, earlier this week in an interview, Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux proclaimed he was better than Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater leads the Big East in completion percentage at 74.3% while Legaux is completing 53.3%.
The forecast for Friday night is calling for temperatures in the 40’s with a good chance of rain. As in most rivalry games the team that takes care of the ball and converts in the red zone will most likely come out with a win. In front of a national televised game on ESPN Louisville will finally put together a complete game, Louisville 31 – Cincinnati 17.