No need for Paula Deen to melt a stick of butter.
The Iron Chefs can stay in Kitchen Stadium.
When Kentucky and Louisville kick off our state's marquee football matchup Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Ville, we have many of the rivalry ingredients necessary to create a spicy stew.
1. The coaches
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When Joker Phillips and Charlie Strong match wits for the first time as head coaches, it will be a significant moment in the social history of the commonwealth. For the first time ever, both head men in the Governor's Cup rivalry will be African-American.
What isn't a mystery is which brand-new coach needs to win the most. If Louisville loses, the blame will go to former coach Steve Kragthorpe.
Having won the last three in the series, if Kentucky loses, the heat will be on Joker.
2. The quarterbacks
Couch, Lorenzen, Woodson.
Redman, Ragone, Brohm (apologies to Stefan LeFors).
Star power at QB has given the modern Governor's Cup series its glamour. This year, the game is going to have to make its stars.
Former junior-college transfer Adam Froman is 2-5 as a starter at U of L. Kentucky's Mike Hartline seems among the nation's leaders in "home fan-base carping."
But if he leads the Cats to victory Saturday, Hartline would be the first QB in modern history to go 3-0 as a starter in the UK-U of L series.
3. Men on the spot
Kentucky defensive coordinator Steve Brown. Louisville has installed a Florida-style, spread-option offense. The Cats throttled Auburn's pass-heavy spread last season, but run-oriented spread attacks have been UK's kryptonite (think Mississippi State last year; Florida the last three seasons).
Louisville Athletics Director Tom Jurich. After an amazing run of success with major coaching hires, Jurich saw Steve Kragthorpe implode in football. Even Rick Pitino has produced as many messy sex scandals as Final Four trips at U of L. A feel-good performance by Strong's first Cardinals team would be a boon to Jurich.
4. Home renovations
Louisville will unveil a Papa John's Cardinal Stadium expanded to hold in excess of 55,000 fans. Whether that bodes well for U of L in terms of Saturday's outcome is questionable.
In 1998, when the Cardinals opened the Pizza Pit, Tim Couch and Kentucky obliterated U of L 68-34. The next season, when UK debuted an expanded Commonwealth Stadium, Chris Redman and the Cards returned the favor with a 56-28 beatdown of the hosts.
Randall Cobb/Derrick Locke. Kentucky's dynamic duo of mighty mites strafed Louisville last season. Locke had a 100-yard kickoff return; Cobb made two game-changing plays in the fourth period, including the game-winning TD catch.
Victor Anderson/Doug Beaumont. Former St. X star Anderson may play the 'Percy Harvin' role in Louisville's new spread attack. Ex-Male standout Beaumont will be looking to catch his first college touchdown pass against the Cats.
With multiple questions at defensive tackle and two linebacker spots, Kentucky needs returning weak-side backer Danny Trevathan to play like a star — and he has the ability to do so. Undersized but quick, linebacker Brandon Heath figures to play a major role in Charlie Strong's blitz package.