Louisville announces attractive, challenging 2014 football schedule

January 22, 2014 

Louisville Spring Game Football

Louisville's DeAngelo Brown (97) sacks Will Gardner during their spring NCAA college football game Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

TIMOTHY D. EASLEY — AP

  • 2014 Louisville schedule

    (Home games in capital letters)

    Date Opponent

    Sept. 1 MIAMI (FLA.)

    Sept. 6 MURRAY STATE

    Sept. 13 At Virginia

    Sept. 20 At Fla. International

    Sept. 27 WAKE FOREST

    Oct. 3 At Syracuse

    Oct. 11 At Clemson

    Oct. 18 NORTH CAROLINA ST.

    Oct. 30 FLORIDA STATE

    Nov. 8 At Boston College

    Nov. 22 At Notre Dame

    Nov. 29 KENTUCKY

Everything is about to change for University of Louisville football.

The Cardinals announced a 2014 schedule Wednesday that looks a whole lot different than its 2013 slate, as U of L moves from the American Athletic Conference into the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Louisville's season opener, a Labor Day game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium against Miami, Fla., not only marks U of L's ACC debut but will be carried out under the guidance of a new coach and a new starting quarterback.

Bobby Petrino was recently hired as head coach after Charlie Strong departed for Texas. Will Gardner is expected to move into the starting QB role vacated when Teddy Bridgewater decided to enter the NFL Draft a year early.

The Cardinals will compete in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with Wake Forest, Syracuse, North Carolina State, Florida State, Clemson and Boston College.

In addition to playing host to the Hurricanes, the Cardinals welcome league opponents Wake Forest, North Carolina State and, in a nationally televised Thursday night game, defending national champion Florida State.

"As a head coach, this is the type of schedule you want to play each year," Petrino said in a news release. "To open the season against a high-profile opponent like Miami on Labor Day is very exciting. ... It's a very challenging schedule, but one that our fans and players can be really excited about."

The Cardinals and Hurricanes, who met in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, will clash on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Louisville beat Miami 36-9 on Dec. 28, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. This will be the first time the Cardinals open the season with a conference game since 1973, when Louisville lost in overtime to Memphis State.

The Cardinals' road ACC games are at Virginia, Syracuse, Clemson and Boston College.

Louisville's non-conference schedule includes home games against Murray State and Kentucky and road trips to Notre Dame and Florida International.

The visit to Notre Dame will be a first for the Cardinals, as will playing their annual rivalry game against Kentucky in the regular-season finale.

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