LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It traditionally marks the beginning of the hype for the college football season in the Commonwealth. UofL's Charlie Strong and UK's Mark Stoops got together Wednesday afternoon at Hurstbourne Country Club for the Governor's Cup luncheon.
The rivalry game will be played on Saturday, September 14, at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
"It's great because you look at the high schools and there are a lot of fans, there's a lot of support. People always talk about UK versus Louisville and they understand the rivalry and the alumni know how big that game is," Strong said. He is 2-1 against Kentucky.
"I want to say I was 10-0 or 11-0 or something like that, going into these rivalries games in Florida, which is a pretty big deal," Stoops said, adding, "up until this last year, the Gators got us, so that was our first loss. Very important, a little bit added to that week, a little chip on your shoulder, certainly it's important."
This will mark the fourth straight time that the game in Lexington is played in the third week of the season, instead of as the season opener, and Stoops isn't ready to fight for change.
"I'll talk to the administration about that, we generally like to play them after we get a few games under our belt, so game two, game three, somewhere in there, and I think with all the conference scheduling issues that are going on, within in the SEC, we may not have a lot of say in that either," the Cats coach said.
With conference expansion and realignment dominating the college landscape, both athletic directors weighed in on the future of the series.
"They're going to a new league, we're going to a new league, and there will be some challenges, I'm sure, in regards to the league, and the league's putting those grids together," UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart said. "Right now we're about scheduling two to three years out at a time, that's about as much as we can do, and that's where we are right now and we're okay with that game."
UofL vice president of athletics Tom Jurich is also committed the game. "This is not something that's sacrificial for me," he said. "This is a game that's too important for the state. You have to put your pride aside, you have to put your ego aside, and you say this is great for the state of Kentucky. How many times can you ever say that? That's the thing you have to look at. In our careers how many times can you say this is great for the whole state, and I think this is one of those events."
The Cats kick off the 2013 season on Saturday, August 31, against Western Kentucky in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cards kick off on Sunday, September 1, hosting Ohio.
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