LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The University of Louisville's Atlantic Coast Conference football era will begin in prime time with a Monday night, Sept. 1, matchup against Miami in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and will feature a Thursday night, Oct. 30, visit from defending national champion Florida State.
The league announced its schedules today at its website, ACCSports.org.
U of L will face three teams ranked in most early preseason Top 25 projections. In addition to the Seminoles, the Cards will visit Clemson, ranked No. 18 in ESPN's too-early 2014 preseason rankings, and Notre Dame, ranked No. 23 in the ESPN rankings, on Nov. 22.
It will also be the first year in which U of L's annual rivalry meeting with Kentucky comes at the end of the season, on Nov. 29.
The home schedule: Miami on Sept. 1, Murray State on Sept. 6, Wake Forest on Sept. 27, N.C. State on Oct. 18, Florida State on Oct. 30 and Kentucky on Nov. 29. The Cardinals' road schedule: Virginia on Sept. 13, Florida International on Sept. 20, Syracuse on Oct. 3, Clemson on Oct. 11, Boston College on Nov. 8 and Notre Dame on Nov. 22.
It would be only the third time U of L has faced as many as three ranked teams in a single regular season. The last time was Bobby Petrino's last season as coach of the Cardinals in 2006, when they beat No. 15 Miami and No. 3 West Virginia before losing to No. 12 Rutgers. They went on to beat No. 12 Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.
U of L faced four ranked teams in the 1993 regular season, losing to No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 24 West Virginia. They beat No. 23 Arizona State.
In 1991, the Cards lost to three ranked teams — No. 1 Florida State, No. 19 Ohio State and No. 11 Tennessee.
U of L has faced a No. 1-ranked team just twice: Losing to Penn State 57-21 in old Cardinal Stadium 1997 and Florida State 49-15 in Tallahassee in 1991.
More to come, with comments from U of L coach Bobby Petrino, after his media teleconference at 3:30 p.m.