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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The football Cats host Louisville Saturday in the Battle for the Governor’s Cup.  Kick-off is set for noon on the SEC Network.

It used to be played early, but with the in-state rivalry now the last regular season matchup on rivalry weekend, what is it about this game that changes the vibe around the program, win or lose?

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How have the Cats improved this year?  Take what Kentucky looked like before Thanksgiving in 2016 and compare it to now.

How are things different for the better?  What’s the biggest area of growth?

On the other side of things, UofL head man Bobby Petrino has been through this rivalry during two different stints.

With the season seemingly in the drain for Louisville following up a great year in 2016 where the program added a Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson, this one with the Cats is big for every reason, every season.  No matter what.

Hear from Mark Stoops and Bobby Petrino in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com