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Cards and Cats season openers tonight - Who are you cheering for?

by Maureen Hagrman

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 1 at 6:03 PM

Are you cheering for the Cards or the Cats - or both?

Louisville, KY (WHAS11) - It's a big day in college football. The Cards and the Cats both open their season Thursday night against in-state schools.

University of Louisville takes on Murray State at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Coach Charlie Strong knows Murray State is not in Division 1-A, but he also knows he can not take them lightly.

“The main thing with any type of identity is you look for when people watch you play they say that's a team that plays hard.  That's a team that plays together and that's a team that plays with passion and a team that plays with energy.  We have that but it's just a matter of how quickly can we get that going and how quickly before our players understand that's how the game has to be played,” says Strong.

The Kentucky Wildcats will open their season at LP Field in Nashville, home to the Tennessee Titans, where they will take on the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University.

The Wildcats lost a lot of players from last year. The Cats also have a new defensive coordinator in former Cincinnati Head Coach Rick Minter, but Head Coach Phillips knows this is a once in a lifetime chance for Western to make a mark.

"They're all dangerous.  They will be motivated, but our guys will be too.  Brand new team... first opportunity to go out and play and see how much we've improved,” says Phillips.

UK's Gametime is set for Thursday at 9:15p.m.