CINCINNATI – An old keg is the traveling trophy that goes to the winner of a long-standing Ohio River football rivalry. And it's most of what's at stake when No. 19 Louisville plays at Cincinnati on Thursday night.
The Keg of Nails won't be changing hands again anytime soon with Louisville (10-1, 6-1) leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1) will stay in the American Athletic Conference.
The Cardinals can't win the league title because their one loss was to first-place Central Florida. The Bearcats have a slim chance. They have to beat Louisville and Central Florida must lose to SMU.
Cincinnati would get the berth if it finishes higher than Central Florida in the final BCS standings.