With the Big East and the American Athletic Conference behind, the University of Louisville football
team can now turn its attention to the 2014 football season as a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The biggest knock against the Cardinals in the past was their strength of schedule. Even the most die- hard Cardinal fans could only go so far in debating the schedule versus other top teams. The 2013
season was the most classic example. Even if the Cardinals would have gone undefeated, it would have
taken a miracle to have played for a national championship. The schedule included teams such as Ohio,
Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Florida International, Memphis, Temple, South Florida, and Connecticut.
None of those teams were changing the NCAA landscape last season.
The 2014 season will provide Louisville the opportunity to prove they belong in the same group with the
big boys of college football. There are several marquee games next season with the first one kicking off
the season. They open in a rematch against Miami in a Labor Day showdown at Papa John’s Cardinal
Stadium. Miami will be looking for revenge against a team that dominated them in the Russell Athletic
Bowl 36 – 9.
Their first big road game will come when the travel to New York to face Syracuse in a Friday night game
on October 3. Louisville has always faced a challenge versus Syracuse on the road. Syracuse is coming
off a 7 – 6 season including a win against Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.
Louisville’s biggest road matchup will come Saturday, October 11 when they travel to Memorial Stadium
to face the Clemson Tigers. This will be a matchup of two of the more exciting offenses in college
football. Clemson finished ninth in average points per game in 2013 with 40.2.
The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles will invade Cardinal Stadium in a Thursday
night matchup on October 30. The Seminoles, with their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Jameis
Winston, should come into the 2014 season as the number one team in the country and may just be
that when this game rolls around.
Louisville fans will get a chance to travel to iconic Notre Dame when the Cardinals face off against the
Fighting Irish on November 22. Not only will this be an important matchup, but it will give the fans a
chance to visit one of the most iconic places in all of college football.
Finally, the last game of the season will be at home against in-state rival Kentucky. This will mark the
first time Louisville will play Kentucky the final game of the season during “Rivalry Week”. The Wildcats
are coming off a dismal 2 – 10 season and would love nothing more than to beat the Cardinals to close
out the season. Whether you like it or not, this game will be as intense as ever.
“As a head coach, this is the type of schedule you want to play each year,” head coach Bobby Petrino
said. “To open the season against a high-profile opponent like Miami on Labor Day is every exciting, as
we officially begin play in the ACC. It’s a very challenging schedule, but one that our fans and players can
be really excited about.”
Louisville fans have been hoping for the opportunity to face a more daunting schedule. They have finally
gotten their wish. Now it is time to see how the Cardinals measure up to a top-notch schedule.

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