LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL and UK fans don't agree on much, but one thing everyone in the Commonwealth should agree on this week, cheer against the Orange.
The Cards, off to their first 0-2 start since 1998, host #11 Clemson on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. UofL hasn't started a season 0-3 since 1984.
The Cats, off to their first 2-0 start since 2011, host Florida on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. UK hasn't beaten the Gators since 1986.
Orange is the predominant color for both the Tigers and the Gators.
It'll be another "Black Out" at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as UofL tries to avoid it's worst start since the Bob Weber Era. The 1998 team that started 0-2, finished the season 7-5, recovering to earn a bid to the Motor City Bowl.
The team leaders have their work cut out for them this week. "Just to get everybody together, get everybody on the same page," linebacker James Burgess said. "Might have a meeting with the team or something, just see where we gonna go forward, are we going to lay down, or stand up? There's not too many things we can do, all we can do is go harder in practice and just keep grinding, keep pushing."
UofL lost at Clemson 23-17 last season. A game that was decided in the final minute. The Tigers (2-0) were the preseason pick to win the ACC Atlantic Division, and quarterback Deshaun Watson was the preseason ACC Player of the Year. Watson has completed 77.1% of his passes in Clemson's first two games, a 49-10 win over Wofford and a 41-10 win over Appalachian State.
UK won 26-22 at South Carolina on Saturday night. That was the Cats first SEC road win since 2009. Now they take aim at a longer streak. They have come close to the Gators, but Florida has always escaped. From Chris Doering to Jared Lorenzen's spinning interception, in a game UK led 21-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, to last season's play clock drama overtime loss in Gainesville.
“I really, I can’t speak to that to the 28 years," UK head coach Mark Stoops said. "I can only speak to the years that I’ve been here and like I said we need to just worry about ourselves. We know we can play with Florida I said it a year ago and I just felt like we were getting better and had some opportunities and this year again we have great respect for Florida obviously."
The bottom line, whether you lean Red or Blue, stay away from Orange this week.
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