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4:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Cardinals, Bearcats to Battle Thursday for Keg of Nails

A college football rivalry that dates back to 1929 will come to at least a temporary halt after Thursday's battle between the Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats.

This will be the 53rd meeting for possession of the Keg of Nails trophy and both teams’ regular season finale.    The Bearcats hold the series lead, 30-21-1, but the Cards won last year in overtime.

U of L moves to a new conference next season, so the future of the series is uncertain.

U of L (10-1, 6-1 in the AAC) could still tie for the American Athletic Conference championship, but coach Charlie Strong’s team won’t be eligible for a top-tier BCS bowl bid.   The Cards' only loss of the season came at the hands of league-leading Central Florida, which has one game left against Southern Methodist. 

"You can’t take anything away from UCF, a team that has won a lot of games.  You look at it now, if they go win the SMU game, they (go) undefeated in the conference, they only lost to a really good team in South Carolina.  So (we) got beat by a really good football team," Strong said. 

The Cincinnati Bearcats (9-2, 6-1) have won six games in a row and are still in the running for a BCS bowl bid.

The Cards appear to be headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl December 28 in Orlando.

Thursday’s kickoff at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati is at 7:30pm.