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December 2, 2013

Strong would like Keg of Nails to continue

Louisville coach Charlie Strong and his 16th ranked Cardinals will take on No. 25 Cincinnati Thursday night in a season-ending showdown. This could be the last game in the Keg of Nails series between the two schools.

The game is Louisville's final football contest in the American Athletic Conference. The Cardinals will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in July and will compete in that league next season. Cincinnati will continue playing in the AAC.

The conference switch will make it tough to continue playing the Bearcats on a yearly basis, but Louisville coach Charlie Strong said he'd like to see the series continue.

"We haven't had a chance (to set a series contract) yet," Strong said. "...It's a great rival, just 60 miles away and we recruit that area. We'd like to continue that game."

Thursday's game will be the 53rd in the series with Cincinnati owning the series edge 29-22-1.

"You hate to see a rivalry like this go away because we are changing conferences," Strong said.

Junior center Jake Smith said, "UK is obviously our biggest rival, but Cincinnati is right there next to them."

Last year's Louisville-Cincinnati game was one to remember. From the pre-game spat between UofL and UC players over which team had the better quarterback to the excitement of the game itself, the game was fun from start to finish.

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