Editor's note: Each week, analysts from ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine will tackle a game plan for one of the biggest games on the schedule.
Kentucky hasn't beaten Louisville since 2002, losing by an average score of 40-19. But this Saturday could be the Wildcats' best shot. We asked our coaches, Bill Curry and Mike Gottfried, to draw up game plans for both teams, and a third, Jim Donnan, to pick a winner. On paper, anyway.
Curry takes over Louisville
I'm not sure what to make of the Louisville defense. There's real talent there, for sure, but the defense isn't playing well and faces a Kentucky offense that could put up 800 yards. Linebackers Malik Jackson and Lamar Myles are good players who know how to wrap up ball carriers. DE Peanut Whitehead is a massive talent. They're just not showing it right now. The Kentucky offense would scare the daylights out of me. QB Andre' Woodson has a very powerful arm and he takes care of the ball (31 TDs, seven INTs last season). RB Rafael Little is a big leaguer who can play in the NFL and runs it equally well, inside and outside. He reminds me of Brian Westbrook. I'd put Jackson in charge of stopping him. Woodson's receivers, Keenan Burton and Dicky Lyons, are both good. Lyons is a solid possession guy, and Burton is what I'd key my defense around. We have to contain him, but I'm not sure the Louisville secondary is up to the task. We have no choice but to play base defense. Woodson is too smart to trick with schemes, and Kentucky is too balanced to focus on stopping any one thing.