Kentucky opens as significant favorite ahead of rivalry game at Louisville

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Oddsmakers are expecting the Kentucky Wildcats to easily take care of business against rival Louisville as the teams prepare for their Saturday game.

Kentucky (8-3, 5-3 SEC) opened at a 17-point favorite against the struggling Cardinals (2-9, 0-8 ACC).

The Cardinals have lost their last eight games, and they have lost by more than 17 points in all but one of those games. The team's poor season led to the firing of head coach Bobby Petrino.

Kentucky rebounded after back-to-back losses against Georgia and Tennessee with an 11-point victory on Saturday against Middle Tennessee State.

While Kentucky is the betting favorite, Louisville has had the upper hand in recent seasons. The Cardinals have won six of the last seven meetings, with the lone exception being Kentucky's 2016 upset against the Heisman-winning Lamar Jackson-led Cardinals team.

The two teams play for the Governor's Cup, and the rivalry is tied at 15 wins for each team. The rivalry renewed in 1994 and has been played every year since.

The game airs 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

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