Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (56,000/FieldTurf)
Friday, October 26 • 8 p.m. • ESPN2
Television - WATCH LIVE
ESPN — Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore and Jemele Hill
Cincinnati Radio - WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
Louisville Radio - WHAS-AM 840 (flagship)
BIG EAST/IMG Sports National Radio - John Rooke and Peter Brock
Sirius 91; XM 91
THE GAME • THE KEG OF NAILS - BIGEAST.ORG ORIGINAL FEATURE ON THIS RIVALRY
Friday’s game will be the 53rd meeting between Cincinnati and Louisville in a rivalry that dates to the 1922 season … The schools compete for the Keg of Nails, a replica of a keg that was used to ship nails, though how that associates with Cincinnati and Louisville is rather vague … Cincinnati holds a 30-21-1 series lead and has won the last four meetings … Louisville had won five straight before the Bearcats’ current streak.
rv/rv CINCINNATI (5-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) - Cincinnati Preview
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
19-12, third season at Cincinnati
45-24, sixth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati saw an eight-game winning streak snapped with last Saturday’s 29-23 setback at Toledo … The loss also ended an eight-game winning streak against nonconference opponents … The Bearcats have averaged 34.7 points per game … RB George Winn ranks second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 101.2 yards per game … Winn has rushed for 607 yards and four touchdowns and is averaging 6.3 yards per carry — the best mark of any BIG EAST starter … QB Munchie Legaux is fifth in the conference in passing (239.2 ypg) and has completed 96 of 180 passes for 1,435 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions … RB Ralph David Abernathy IV is averaging 135.3 all-purpose yards per game, good for second in the conference … Cincinnati has scored a defensive touchdown in each of its last two games … LB Greg Blair is averaging 9.0 tackles per game, ranking third in the conference, while LB Maalik Bomar is seventh at 7.7 tackles per game … DE Walter Stewart, who had made 40 consecutive starts before last week’s game at Toledo, is out indefinitely with an upper body injury.
16/14 LOUISVILLE (7-0, 2-0 BIG EAST) - Louisville Preview
Charlie Strong (Central Arkansas ’82)
13-6, second season at Louisville
13-7, second full season as collegiate head coach
Louisville, which is ranked No. 16 in the BCS standings for the second straight week, plays the second of three straight home games … Louisville is one of 11 teams nationally without a loss in 2012 … The Cardinals are 2-0 in BIG EAST play for the second time (2006) … Louisville is 7-0 for the third time in program history (1925, 2006) … QB Teddy Bridgewater was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback … In four home games this season, Bridgewater has completed 82.3 percent of his passes (93 of 113) for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions … Overall, Bridgewater has thrown for 1,694 yards and 11 TDs with three INTs and has a 73.4-percent completion rate … RB Senorise Perry is ranked third in the BIG EAST in rushing (84.0 ypg) and has a league-high 10 touchdown runs, while RB Jeremy Wright is eighth in rushing yards (68.1 ypg) and has seven rushing touchdowns … Perry is the BIG EAST scoring leader at 8.6 points per game … S Calvin Pryor has a team-high 54 tackles with an interception and leads the nation with four forced fumbles.