Wednesday, December 4, 2013
No. 19 Louisville (10-1, 6-1 AAC) at Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Louisville by 3 1-2.
Series record: Cincinnati 29-21-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Cincinnati has a slim chance of winning the first American Athletic Conference title. That happens if the Bearcats beat Louisville, first-place Central Florida loses to SMU and Cincinnati finishes higher in the final BCS standings. Louisville has been eliminated from title contention by its 38-35 loss to Central Florida.
Two top-tier quarterbacks against two of the nation's best defenses. Teddy Bridgewater had his streak of 21 games with a touchdown pass snapped in a win over Memphis. Brendon Kay has led Cincinnati on a six-game winning streak. Both defenses are in the Top 10 nationally in yards allowed and points allowed. Louisville gives up 242.5 yards and 11.4 points per game; Cincinnati gives up 302 yards and 18.5 points.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Louisville: RB Dominique Brown, a Cincinnati native who rushed for a career-high 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 win over Houston two games ago. Brown has two 100-yard games this season and three in his career. He has run for 704 yards and has seven touchdowns. The Bearcats have showed they can contain a top quarterback, so Brown will figure prominently in the offense.
Cincinnati: Kay, a sixth-year senior playing his final game at Nippert Stadium. Kay has been a key to Cincinnati's surge. In his last 25 quarters, Kay has completed 72 percent of his throws for 2,126 yards and 17 touchdowns. Cincinnati leads the conference in total offense with 487.3 yards per game.
FACTS & FIGURES
The winner gets to keep the Keg of Nails indefinitely. Louisville heads to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Cincinnati stays behind, ending a long-standing rivalry. They've competed together in the Missouri Valley Conference, Conference USA, the Big East and the AAC. ... Louisville is trying to go undefeated on the road for the first time since 1972. The Cardinals are 4-0 on the road this season. ... Cincinnati had won four in a row in the series before Louisville won 34-31 in overtime in a heavy rain last season. ... Louisville has outscored its opponents 82-6 in the first quarter this season. ... The Cardinals have allowed only 12 touchdowns overall.