Run and Shoot: UK-U of L ready for kickoff

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UK-U of L ready for kickoff

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three Army paratroopers landing as gracefully as possible at midfield from thousands of feet in the air just fired up this crowd that needed no extra juice.

The National Anthem has been played (in jazz style by a UK professor), the band just wrapped up "My Old Kentucky Home," and the game ball is being delivered to midfield by a UPS employee (What can Brown do for you)?

Speaking of Brown, UK fans are hoping first-year defensive coordinator Steve Brown has come up with a game plan to slow Louisville's explosive offense. In their first two games, the Cardinals have only had five possessions that did not end in touchdowns. UK's defense will have to add a few more to that total if the Cats are to pull the upset today.

Look for both teams to try to establish their running games. The best defense today probably is a good offense - and an offense that controls time of possession is an offense that runs the ball effectively. UK has dominated its first two opponents with a three-pronged attack from Rafael Little, Tony Dixon and Alphonso Smith, but the Cats also have had difficulty stopping opponents on the ground. The team that most effectively stops the run could well be the the victor today.

Louisville won the toss and will receive.

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