Louisville Football has released its 2016 Football Schedule. We already knew the opponents home/away, but now we know the dates of each game.
The Cards will open with Charlotte on Thursday September 1st before traveling to the Carrier Dome to face off vs. Syracuse for its 1st ACC & 1st Road Game of 2016 the following week.
Louisville then will return to PJCS to face off against Florida State in a Saturday battle on September 17th before two tough road tests against Marshall & Clemson in consecutive weeks.
On Friday October 14th, Louisville will host Duke and then will host North Carolina State on the following Saturday.
From there the Cards have two road tests at Virginia where the Cards fell in 2014 and then also in Boston vs. BC.
Louisville will host Wake Forest on November 12th and then must travel to Houston for a to be determined Thursday or Saturday contest vs. Houston.
Finally Louisville will close its regular season vs. Kentucky in the Battle for the Governor’s Cup on November 26th.
“This another challenging schedule overall,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “We have six teams who played in bowl games last season and three teams that finished the year ranked in the top 25. We have a lot of work to do before we start playing games, but with an experienced team returning, they understand the challenges ahead of them and know what kind of preparation is needed to be a successful football team.” – Bobby Petrino
Louisville Football’s 2016 College Football Schedule
|09/01/16 (Thursday)||PJCS vs. Charlotte|
|9/9/16 (Friday)||@ Syracuse|
|9/17/16||PJCS vs. Florida State|
|10/14/16 (Friday)||PJCS vs. Duke|
|10/22/16||PJCS vs. NC State|
|11/5/16||@ Boston College|
|11/12/16||PJCS vs. Wake Forest|
|11/17/16 (Thursday) OR 11/19/16||@ Houston|
|11/26/16||PJCS vs. Kentucky|
|12/3/16 ACC Championship||Charlotte, NC vs. ACC Coastal Champion|
|12/31/16||CFB Playoffs: Peach (ATL), Fiesta (PHX)|
|01/09/17||National Championship – Tampa, FL|
Highlighted by three teams who finished last season ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and six teams who played in bowl games, the University of Louisville’s 2016 schedule was announced this afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Coming off an 8-5 season last year, which included a win over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, the Cardinals will face another challenging slate this year that features a trip to Clemson, which dropped a 45-40 decision in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. After falling 23-17 in 2014 to the Tigers, the Cardinals return to “Death Valley” for a key league game onOct. 1.
Louisville will face No. 15 Florida State in the ACC home opener on Sept. 17 and also travels to face No. 8 Houston on Nov. 19, in its first visit to the Lone Star State since 2004. In the Seminoles last trip to Louisville in 2014, the Cardinals jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the ‘Noles stormed back for a 42-31 win. Houston handed the Cardinals a 34-31 loss in the 2015 home opener.
Opening the home season on Sept. 1, the Cardinals will face Charlotte, a member of Conference USA, for the first time in school history. It would be the first time the Cards open the season on aThursday since facing Murray State in 2007.
The Cardinals’ third season in the ACC begins with a Friday night road game at Syracuse on Sept. 9. Louisville has won five of the last six meetings against the Orange, with the Cardinals winning two of the last three encounters in the Carrier Dome.
After facing the Seminoles on Sept. 17, the Cardinals will play at Marshall on Sept. 24, the first appearance in Huntington, W.Va., since 1977. The two teams have played 28 times in their history, with the Cards owning a 16-12 series advantage.
After their first bye week on Saturday, Oct. 8, the Cardinals return to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for a pair of ACC home games, facing Duke on Oct. 14, and NC State on Oct. 22. It will be the first meeting with the Blue Devils – the ACC’s alternating opponent this season, since 2002.
Louisville hits the road for consecutive league games, traveling to face Virginia on Oct. 29 and Boston College on Nov. 5. Louisville looks to avenge the 23-21 loss to the Cavaliers in 2014 – its first trip to Charlottesville in school history.
After facing Houston on Nov. 19, the Cardinals close the regular season slate when arch-rival Kentucky visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Nov. 26. With the 38-24 win over the Wildcats last season, the Cards have evened the overall series at 14-14.
Head coach Bobby Petrino has 18 returning starters at his disposal this fall, including first-team All-ACC performer and the team’s leading returning tackler in linebacker Keith Kelsey. The Cardinals also return 10 starters on the offensive side of the football, including sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was the MVP of the Music City Bowl win with a bowl-record 226 yards rushing and two scores.
Football season ticket renewals for the 2016 campaign will begin in early February. For information on purchasing new 2016 season tickets, fans can complete a season ticket application online (http://gocards.com/sb_output.aspx?form=6), call 502-GO-CARDS weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium ticket office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Cardinals’ complete 2016 football schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 1, Charlotte
The Cardinals open the season at home for the first time since 2014 and will face Charlotte for the first time in school history. If game is Sept. 1, Louisville will open the season on a Thursday for the first time since 2007.
Friday, Sept. 9, at Syracuse*
The Cardinals open their third season in the ACC with a Friday night contest versus the Orange.
Saturday, Sept. 17, Florida State*
Cards looking for first win over the Seminoles since 2002.
Saturday, Sept. 24, at Marshall
The Thundering Herd won 10 games in 2015, including a 16-10 victory over Connecticut in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
Saturday, Oct. 1, at Clemson*
The Cardinals make their second appearance at Clemson, and the first since a 23-17 loss in 2014.
Friday, Oct. 14, Duke*
The Blue Devils and Cardinals will face off for only the second time in school history, and the first since 2002 – a 40-3 UofL victory.
Saturday, Oct. 22, NC State*
Cards have won five of the six meetings versus the Wolfpack.
Saturday, Oct. 29, at Virginia*
Cardinals look to avenge a two-point loss to the Cavaliers in their first trip to Charlottesville in 2014.
Saturday, Nov. 5, at Boston College*
Cards have won the last three meetings in the series.
Saturday, Nov. 12, Wake Forest*
The last two meetings have been decided by 11 points.
Saturday, Nov. 19, at Houston
Houston handed the Cardinals a 34-31 loss in the 2015 home opener.
Saturday, Nov. 26, Kentucky
The two rivals will close the season for the third-straight season. The Cardinals evened the overall season series with the Wildcats at 14-14 with the win last season.
Times and television arrangements will be announced at a later date.