Who has the advantage?
How Kentucky and Louisville match up:
Kentucky: UK boasts a fifth-year senior in Mike Hartline who is unbeaten in two starts against U of L. Backup Morgan Newton started eight games last year. Ryan Mossakowski is also in the mix. Expect to see Randall Cobb in the Wildcat formation as well.
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Louisville: Senior Adam Froman won the job in camp and is a respected leader. Senior Justin Burke started the UK game last year and nearly led the Cards to victory. Junior Will Stein makes up for what he lacks in size with guts and tenacity.
Summary: Both stables are similar in that they're led by a senior veteran with battle-tested backups. The difference is that Hartline has won eight starts and Newton five, while Louisville's QBs have combined for just four wins.
Kentucky: The Cats have one of the country's most versatile backs in senior Derrick Locke. Sophomore Donald Russell should be a solid No. 2, and the coaches love freshman Raymond Sanders.
Louisville: Victor Anderson was named Big East Rookie of the Year two seasons ago before being slowed by injuries last fall. He'll be used in a variety of ways in U of L's spread offense. Coach Charlie Strong believes Bilal Powell is also headed for a big season.
Summary: Locke will be the best back on the field, but the 1-2 punch of Powell and Anderson balances things out.
Kentucky: Junior Randall Cobb should be a more polished receiver in his third year at the position, and Chris Matthews' numbers should greatly improve now that he's had a full year in the system. Depth is a concern.
Louisville: Senior Doug Beaumont is a valuable possession guy. The rest of the receiving corps is largely unknown, although junior-college transfer Josh Bellamy has been standing out in practice.
Summary: The Cats have a proven play maker in Cobb, and a developing one in Matthews. If Bellamy doesn't come through, the Cards aren't sure where their big plays are going to come from.
Kentucky: UK is replacing four starters, but line coach Mike Summers likes how the unit is progressing. Left guard Stuart Hines is the anchor.
Louisville: Four starters and three reserves with starting experience return up front. The strength is on the left side with guard Mark Wetterer and Bryon Stingily.
Summary: While the two units figure to be pretty close, it's hard not to go with a group that returns four starters over one replacing four.
Kentucky: The only tight end with game experience is Nick Melillo, and he's out with an ankle injury. Redshirt freshman Jordan Aumiller will start.
Louisville: Senior Cameron Graham caught a TD against the Cats last year. Nate Nord is the backup, and third-stringer Josh Chichester has 47 career catches and four touchdowns.
Summary: U of L has a couple of proven commodities, while Kentucky is relying on a group of freshmen.
Kentucky: End DeQuin Evans says he hopes to double his sacks from six to 12. Collins Ukwu and Taylor Wyndham saw game action last year as well. The tackle position is more unsettled. Ricky Lumpkin is the only player with starting experience.
Louisville: U of L is small up front. End William Savoy goes just 6-1, 240. Tackle Greg Scruggs is 6-4, 273. The duo combined for seven sacks last year. Malcolm Tatum and Tim High round out the starters.
Summary: This is a major area of concern for both teams. The presence of Evans tilts things slightly in UK's favor.
Kentucky: Junior Danny Trevathan brings speed and aggression and should lead UK in tackles. The Cats are breaking in new starters in the middle (Ronnie Sneed) and strong side (Jacob Dufrene).
Louisville: Brandon Heath is one of the leaders on defense. True freshman Preston Brown supplanted former starter Antwone Canady in the middle. Daniel Brown plays the weak side.
Summary: Both units have veterans ready to break through in Heath and Trevathan with an inexperienced supporting cast.
Kentucky: Randall Burden is expected to come into his own at cornerback. Martavius Neloms and true freshman Jerrell Priester will both see snaps. UK has athletic safeties in Winston Guy and Mychal Bailey.
Louisville: Johnny Patrick is a solid cornerback, but Strong hasn't been pleased with the other corner spot. Strong safety Terence Simien suffered a season-ending injury against UK last year, and free safety Mike Burns is a junior-college transfer making his first start.
Summary: UK's corners are green, but the safety play could be the best it has been in a long time. U of L is searching for answers here.
Kentucky: In Cobb and Locke, UK has a punt and kickoff returner who can score at any moment. Punter Ryan Tydlacka should move closer to an All-SEC level. The only question is at place-kicker.
Louisville: Bellamy takes over on punt and kickoff returns. Junior Chris Philpott hit all five of his field goal attempts last year. Junior Jon Bleser will get first shot at the punting job.
Summary: Special teams played a key role in last year's game. The Cats appear to have the upper hand again.