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What we'll see: A busy week of football ahead

Eli Manning and the New York Giants open defense of their Super Bowl championship Wednesday night against visiting Dallas.
Eli Manning and the New York Giants open defense of their Super Bowl championship Wednesday night against visiting Dallas. AP

What we'll see

Sunday

The last time Kentucky and Louisville took to the football field, the Cats beat Tennessee and the Cards lost to North Carolina State. Nine months later — and no more games played since — the separation in the programs seems as wide as the Grand Canyon. Louisville is a two-touchdown favorite, and Kentucky is battling to save Coach Joker Phillips' job. It will be fun to see where perception and reality meet at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. (3:30 p.m., ESPN)

Monday

If the arrival of football is not signal enough that autumn is emerging, then the departure of baseball is the surest sign. The Lexington Legends close their season with a Labor Day game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against Rome (12:05 p.m., WLXG-AM 1300)

Wednesday

The NFL is attempting something nobody has seen in 64 years: a regular-season game on a Wednesday. And it's the season opener, no less. The Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants (8:30 p.m., NBC-18) on hump day to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The last time an NFL game was played on a Wednesday was Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams beat the Lions 44-7.

Saturday

Kentucky plays host to Kent State in its football home opener at Commonwealth Stadium. What we know about the Golden Flashes is they won their season opener despite returning a punt the wrong way. What we know about Kentucky is that it badly needs its season opener to go the right way. (7:30 p.m., CSS, ESPN3)

Saturday

Western Kentucky gets a shot at defending national champion Alabama. With a trip to Kentucky looming the following week, the Hilltoppers might just be looking to get out of Tuscaloosa with a big paycheck and a football team somewhat intact. (3:30 p.m., ESPN3)

Mathew Graf

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