Louisville Football is heading into year 2 of the Scott Satterfield era with a ton of optimism. The staff is in tact with only had one defection as ILB Coach Dale Jones returned to App State to be their Defensive Coordinator. He is being replaced by a young, up-and-coming coach from Southern Miss named Derek Nicholson. The offense returns the bulk of its playmaking talent with QB Micale Cunningham, WRs Tutu Atwell and Dez Fitzpatrick, RBs Javian Hawkins and Hassan Hall, and HB/TE Marshon Ford. The defense returns some talent at LB and in the secondary with Dorian Etheridge, Chandler Jones, CJ Avery, and Rodjay Burns. With a combination of the staff and talent, it’s expected that Louisville will likely be looking at no less than an 8 win season again.
With all that being said, today the 2020 schedule was released for Louisville Football. Interesting games include a season opener on a Thursday night vs NCST and a rare second straight conference game 9 days later vs Clemson on September 12th. The Cards host Virginia Tech on Halloween which will likely ensure a raucous crowd and amped up atmosphere. They also travel to Notre Dame on November 21st and then host uk on the 28th.
— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) January 22, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After posting the top turnaround among Power 5 schools last year, the University of Louisville football team will once again face a dynamic schedule in 2020, as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its schedule on Wednesday.
The Cardinals will face seven schools that won eight or more games last season, and two that finished in the top 15 of the national rankings in Clemson and Notre Dame.
Coming off a 2-10 season in 2018, the Cardinals closed the year at 8-5, finishing with an exciting 38-28 victory over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl.
The Cardinals will open the 2020 campaign – the second under ACC Coach of the Year Scott Satterfield — and the ACC schedule when NC State visits Cardinal Stadium for a Thursday night game on Sept. 3. It will be the first time the Cardinals open the season with a league game since beginning the 2014 season against Miami.
The conference schedule continues with a trip to face Clemson on Sept. 12. The Cardinals are making their fourth trip to Death Valley and continue to look for their first victory against the Tigers.
The Cardinals return home for a pair of non-conference games versus a pair of in-state foes. Louisville hosts Murray State for the first time since 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Cardinals defeated the Hilltoppers 38-21 last season in Nashville.
League action returns with a pair of road contests on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Syracuse and Saturday, Oct. 10 at Boston College. The Cardinals picked up a 56-34 win over the Orange at home last season, and earned its first conference win in over a year with a 41-39 victory at home in 2019.
After a Saturday off, the Cardinals will host a pair of ACC contests. UofL faces Florida State on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Virginia Tech makes its first appearance in Louisville since 1992 on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Louisville continues its league slate with a trip to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 7 before returning home to close the league schedule against Wake Forest on Nov. 14.
After defeating Notre Dame in their first trip to South Bend, Ind., in 2014, the Cardinals travel to face the Fighting Irish on Saturday, Nov. 21. Notre Dame opened the 2019 season with a 35-17 victory over the Cardinals at Cardinal Stadium.
For the seventh straight season, the Cardinals will close out the regular season with Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 28 as part of rivalry weekend.
The Cardinals return 16 starters – eight on offense and eight on defense – highlighted by the return of first team all-ACC wide receiver Tutu Atwell, who set the school record in receiving yards with 1,276 and second team all-ACC running back Javian Hawkins.
Day Date Opponent Site Series Record
Thur. Sept. 3 NC STATE LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville leads 7-3
Sat. Sept. 12 at Clemson Clemson, S.C. Clemson leads 6-0
Sat. Sept. 19 MURRAY SATATE LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville leads 14-6
Sat. Sept. 26 WESTERN KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville lead 21-12
Sat. Oct. 3 at Syracuse Syracuse, NY Louisville leads 11-7
Sat. Oct. 10 at Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA Louisville leads 7-5
Sat. Oct. 24 FLORIDA STATE LOUISVILLE, KY Florida State leads 15-4
Sat. Oct. 31 VIRGINIA TECH LOUISVILLE, KY Virginia Tech leads 5-2
Sat. Nov. 7 at Virginia Charlottesville, VA Louisville leads 5-3
Sat. Nov. 14 WAKE FOREST LOUISVILLE, KY Louisville leads 5-2
Sat. Nov. 21 at Notre Dame South Bend, IN Series tied 1-1
Sat. Nov. 28 KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE, KY Kentucky leads 17-15