Originally Posted by joshnky
Are there any UK fans that would be fine with that? Every UK fan I know hates the idea but that is probably biased by living in Louisville.
I'm kinda mixed.
On one hand, its a state rivalry and UK would be looked at as running scared. The state would miss out on revenue being spent selling out two stadiums that likely wouldn't be replaced by the two scheduling a lesser team, and with Stoops coming to Kentucky, expectations for knocking off Louisville in the future are going to be at a fever pitch.
On the other, it's not as big a rivalry as basketball and if Louisville is the difference between making a bowl game or not, it's a tough sell.
Living in West Virginia, it's kinda like WVU-Marshall, except UK-UofL is a little more even in terms of talent. Once WVU left for the Big 12, it pretty much ended the Friends of Coal Bowl (although it would have likely been ended anyways). My biggest fear would be that if talk of the series were to end that politicians (Mitch McConnell, who is up for re-election and is going to be facing competition) decide to stay out of it. Joe Manchin was the reason WVU and Marshall got together to begin with.
Which brings me to another point, I think the bowl games are over-saturated as is. Most UK fans are happy with making it to Nashville for the Music City Bowl year in and year out but there are a lot higher expectations at other schools (WVU in particular, where I know people who wanted Oliver Luck to turn down the Pinstripe Bowl because they didn't feel they deserved to be in a bowl game). I want to see Kentucky in contention for a BCS spot sometime in my lifetime, not just settling for a lesser bowl bid. Even the Outback Bowl again would be an improvement.