Cincinnati vs. Louisville 2012 TV schedule, odds, preview and more

Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

The undefeated Louisville Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in a matchup with major implications for the Big East title race. Cincinnati is coming off their only loss of the season after dropping a surprise game to Toledo.

It might not be a matchup of undefeated teams anymore, but Friday's Keg of Nails game between the No. 16 Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats still will have major implications in the Big East title race.

It seemed after the start of the season that a 7-0 Louisville would play host to a 6-0 Cincinnati squad. But that went up in smoke this past weekend, when the Bearcats dropped a 29-23 upset loss on the road against a talented Toledo Rockets team. The loss by a ranked team to a MAC squad isn't as embarrassing as it might seem on the surface - the Rockets are 7-1, with only a close loss Week 1 to Arizona - but the defeat dropped the then-No. 21 Bearcats out of the BCS rankings.

Louisville is still undefeated, but they've been playing with fire all season. They haven't won by more than ten points since a Week 2 matchup with FCS Missouri State, winning close ones with some truly bad teams - they beat Southern Miss and FIU, a combined 1-15, by a combined 11 points - and just scraped out a 27-25 win against a rallying South Florida team.

Both teams are still undefeated in conference, so the winner of this game will be in great shape to compete with Rutgers for a conference title.

Here's the info on Friday night's game:

Game time, TV channel: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Point spread: Louisville favored by 4

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