I know that new head coach, Scott Satterfield, hasn’t even finished completing his staff yet but it’s never too early to look ahead to the opponents he and his new staff will be preparing to face.
The ACC has not released the conference schedule that will tell us exactly when Louisville will be playing their conference foes, but we do know the rotation of who Louisville plays all the way through the 2024 season. The ACC will release the conference schedule later this month – most likely in about 2 weeks.
Here is what we know for sure…
Monday, September 2nd –
Louisville will open the season against a top 25 ranked team. You may have heard of them. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who just lost in the college football playoffs to Clemson, will be the opponent at Cardinal Stadium on Labor Day. Louisville travels to Notre dame in 2020. Louisville and ND are also scheduled to play in 2023, 2026, 2030, 2032, 2033 and 2035.
Saturday, September 7th –
In a very quick turnaround, Louisville will take on Easter Kentucky University at Cardinal Stadium just 5 days after the home opener.
Saturday, September 14th –
One week later, Louisville and hopefully 20,000 of their fans, head south to Nashville Tennessee to take on Western Kentucky University at Nissan Stadium.
September 21st – November 23rd –
Louisville will play it’s ACC schedule during this time period. We do know that Louisville will face Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia at Cardinal Stadium. Louisville will face Florida State, NC State, Wake Forest and Miami on the road. That is 10 Saturdays to play 8 games. I’m guessing 2 bye weeks. ** and for those wondering – Louisville gets Virginia Tech at Cardinal Stadium in 2020.**
Saturday, November 30th –
Louisville ends the season on the road in Lexington to face Kentucky.
Louisville will face 2 teams that made the Athlon sports Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2019 by Steve Lassan. Clemson checks in at #2 while Notre Dame lands at #11.
Louisville will also face 2 teams that made the “15 other teams to watch in 2019” list from Athlon Sports.
The Orange capped their best season and earned a 10th victory under coach Dino Babers by beating West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. Eric Dungey is gone, but Tommy DeVito ranked as one of the top quarterback recruits in the 2017 signing class. He will have help from transfers Abdul Adams (Oklahoma) at running back, and Trishton Jackson (Michigan State) at receiver. However, the line will require a little bit of retooling, and the defense has to restock at linebacker and replace standout tackle Chris Slayton. Safety Andre Cisco is one of the ACC’s top rising stars on defense.
The Cavaliers won just two games in coach Bronco Mendenhall’s first year but improved to six last season and eight in 2018. With quarterback Bryce Perkins and a good chunk of the defense returning, Virginia could make its first trip to the ACC Championship in a wide-open Coastal Division. The defense also got a boost after the Belk Bowl when top cornerback Bryce Hall announced his intention to return in 2019.
As Always, GO CARDS!