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Big Rivalry Headlines 2022 Wasabi Fenway Bowl

Malik Cunningham, Louisville Cardinals Football

After a dormant nine years, the Keg of Nails is on the move.

Cincinnati and Louisville will square up in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl on Sat., Dec. 17 at Fenway Park in Boston. 

Louisville heads into the game with a 7-5 regular season record. Cincinnati, a year after losing to Alabama in the 2021 College Football Playoff semifinal, enters the match at 9-3.

The winner takes home the Keg of Nails, the traveling trophy awarded to the winner of each game. The trophy is a replica of a keg used to ship nails.

The rivalry dates back to Oct. 2, 1929, when the two teams first met. Cincinnati won the first 12 meetings and leads the series 30-22-1. But for nearly a decade, Louisville housed the beloved barreled trophy.

The Cardinals beat the Bearcats 31-24 at Nippert Stadium on Dec. 5, 2013. Teddy Bridgewater gave the then-No. 19 Cardinals the edge under center, throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

Louisville and Cincinnati were in the Big East Conference from 2005-2012. They brought the rivalry to a halt when Cincinnati moved to the AAC in 2013 and Louisville joined the ACC in 2014.

The Bearcats jump to the Big 12 in 2023.

Luke Fickell left Cincinnati for the Wisconsin coaching job on Nov. 27 after a 57-18 record in six seasons at Cincinnati. He will not coach the Bearcats in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl. Instead, he said he will coach the Badgers' bowl game "in some form."

Louisville defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs serves as interim head coach and will lead the Cardinals in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. E.T.