At the end of Monday night, UK will no longer be the reigning national champions. Louisville may own that title, and Lexington's mayor hopes the Cardinals win.
Mayor Jim Gray says he may need to ask for forgiveness later, but for about two hours Monday night he will be cheering on the Cards.
Sunday, Mayor Gray tweeted, "Go Cards! Come on, Big Blue Nation ... let's get behind the Cardinal Red on Monday!"
"When our state is featured nationally, really internationally, that's what it's really all about. It's tough even for me to say yes, 'Go Cards!' It doesn't come out as a natural thing to say at all," said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
Some Solid Blue fans agree with him.
"It's the state of Kentucky versus the state of Michigan, and I for one want the state of Kentucky, the Commonwealth, where the wealth's not all that common, to come in first," said Bill Davis.
"Everybody goes for Louisville, yes, and tomorrow? Louisville again! Why? Because it's a suburb of Lexington," said Wilson Wells.
Lexington is not one for all.
"I know a lot of people say lets keep it in the state, but I feel like if you're a true UK fan, you can't root for Louisville," said UK student Brooke Martinez.
Go Cardinals, or go Wolverines? 'Cats fans say it's a tough choice.
"Louisville fans don't pull for Kentucky period. So that's why I kind of don't want them to win, but I do want them to win," said William Russell.
Mayor Gray admits a political motive in pulling for the Cardinals.
"Yea, we're vigorous competitors, but the city of Louisville and Lexington today are cooperating in ways that we haven't ever before to advance ourselves, our economies," said Mayor Gray.
Mayor Gray says he spoke with Joe B Hall, and the former UK coach told him he'd be rooting for Louisville. The Mayor says if Joe B is rooting for the Cards, then so can he.