Stoops, Strong focusing on opponent's offense


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - It is officially Louisville week for Kentucky fans. The seventh-ranked Cardinals coming to Lexington Saturday afternoon for the Battle for the Governor's Cup.

The Wildcats are coming off their first win of the season where they allowed only 23 passing yards and recorded six sacks. This weekend though they will have to contend with Louisville quarterback and Heisman trophy contender Teddy Bridgewater.

"He's just very good at what he does," says Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, who is 1-1 with the Wildcats this season. "He has a great feel in the pocket. He eludes the pressure when and where he needs to, and the rest of the time he sits in there and distributes the football. But he's very athletic, and he's very live. He's just very fast. He's very quick with everything he does. Very, very good delivery and gets the ball there in a hurry. Again, he eludes the pressure when he has to."

As for head coach Charlie Strong and the Cardinals, this will be their first road game of the 2013 season. They won their first two games by a combined score of 93-14 but Strong says Kentucky's offense could give his team problems with their balance in the passing and rushing games, and that their speed is a concern for his defense.

"Not only is it a rival game but it's also our first road test," says Strong, who is 2-1 in Governor's Cup games versus Kentucky. "We're going to go into an environment where the offense just had over 650 yards of total offense; 400 yards passing, 260 yards rushing. It's a very balanced offense; very up-tempo, can create issues if you don't get lined up and if you can't handle the speed. That's going to be critical for us on defense."


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