In what is a huge surprise to both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, the ACC and SEC have collaborated to move the annual game between Louisville and Kentucky to the final game of the regular season starting next year. This is no mistake as it will be Louisville’s first year in ACC. The move raises the stakes for both teams adding far more significance than just an intrastate rivalry. This game will not only give the winner the bragging rights which fuels the rivalry, it could also decide how each team will place in their respective conferences and even bowl bids. Many conference titles are decided in the final game of the season.
This is a huge move for the ACC in its strategy to become as powerful in football as the SEC. For the rivalry, this takes things to a whole new level. Next year, the Louisville football team will be facing the likes of “The U”, Boston College, and Florida St., and you’re fooling yourself if you think we won’t have our hands full week in and week out. Now add that tough schedule and what could be at stake at the end of the season into that final game against Kentucky… Card fans may suffer spontaneous implosion!
Now wrap your mind around this – nationally this schedule change puts the Louisville and Kentucky football rivalry on the same playing field as Florida vs. Florida State, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, and South Carolina vs. Clemson. Who would have ever thought you could mention all those teams in the same context as Louisville and Kentucky, well maybe one man – Tom Jurich. It’s not just about Cardinals vs. Cats, it’s about the ACC vs. the SEC…and potentially who may play in a BCS bowl or National Championship (Im speaking of Louisville of course).
While I prefer that this game did not have so much more relevance, as a competitive person and as an obvious Louisville L’ Raiser, I say BRING IT!!! The cats have a long way to go program wise for this game to become a threat or derail our football destiny!