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Cincinnati at No. 16 Louisville
• What information do I, the discerning consumer, require in order to consume this game? The Bearcats and Cardinals kick off Friday at 8 p.m. ET in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN and streamed on WatchESPN. Tonight’s contest also marks the 52nd installment of the Keg of Nails rivalry, which stretches all the way back to 1929.
• Is there anything crueler in sports than not being allowed to bring outside food into a stadium named after Papa John’s Pizza? Being at Legion Field for the PapaJohns.com Bowl (RIP) when they ran out of pizza, maybe.
• Please explain this “Keg of Nails” thing. From Cincinnati’s sports information department, some illuminating facts: “The winner of Saturday’s game gets the keg of nails, one of the more unique rivalry trophies with a somewhat vague origin. The trophy is a replica of a keg used to ship nails.” How can you argue with that? You cannot.
• What’s at stake here? Cincinnati currently holds a four-game winning streak in the series, which you may reasonably suspect might come to an end tonight. But as with most weeknight football, you never can tell. Neither squad has a conference loss; the 7-0 Cardinals have a regular-season edge over the 5-1 Bearcats. Whichever team emerges victorious this evening will stay with Rutgers as one of the last two unbeatens in Big East conference play. For more on tonight’s football happenings, please see our full preview.
Nevada at Air Force
• What information do I, the discerning consumer, require in order to consume this game? The Wolf Pack and Falcons kick off Friday at 8 p.m. ET in Colorado Springs’ Falcon Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and broadcast by radio on the Armed Forces Radio Network. Tonight marks the first-ever meeting between these two programs.
• What’s at stake here? Both squads are only carrying one conference loss (along with Fresno State and San Diego State), but the only team in the Mountain West that isn’t (Boise State) has certainly looked beatable on select occasions this season. The league is still winnable for any one of a handful of teams.
• Where should we be focusing our energies this evening? On watching the ground battle between two highly potent rushing attacks. Air Force running back Cody Getz and quarterback Connor Dietz are averaging right around 200 combined rushing yards per game, while Nevada tailback Stefphon Jefferson leads the FBS in that category by himself, with an average single-game output of 156 yards.