Louisville learns of first ACC slate

The University of Louisville released its first football schedule in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday and the Cardinals won't have to worry about strength of schedule again. Cardinal Authority takes a look at the schedule.

The University of Louisville football team will open play in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season in prime time.

The Cardinals announced the 2014 schedule this afternoon and U of L will open the season on Labor Day night against Miami. U of L whipped the Hurricanes 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl last month in Orlando, Fla.

Along with the Miami game, the Cardinals will also host Wake Forest (Sept. 27), North Carolina State (Oct. 18) and Florida State in a Thursday night Oct. 30 game in ACC play.

The Cardinals go on the road to play at Virginia (Sept. 13), Syracuse (Oct. 3), Clemson (Oct. 11) and Boston College (Nov. 8).

U of L will compete in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with Wake Forest, Syracuse, NC State, Florida State, Clemson and Boston College.

"As a head coach, this is the type of schedule you want to play each year," head coach Bobby Petrino said in a releae. "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."

U of L will host Murray State in a Sept. 6 non-conference game, travel to Florida International on Sept. 22 and then finish the season at Notre Dame (Nov. 22) and home against rival Kentucky (Nov. 29).

The Miami game will be played at 8 o'clock on ESPN, while the Florida State game will also be on ESPN. The U of L vs. Syracuse game is on a Friday night and will be on ESPN or ESPN2.

Season tickets go on sale April 1.

The complete schedule:

Sept. 1 - Miami at PJCS

Sept. 6 - Murray State at PJCS

Sept. 13 - at Virginia

Sept. 20 - at Florida International

Sept. 27 - Wake Forest ar PJCS

Oct. 3 - at Syracuse (Friday)

Oct. 11 - at Clemson

Oct. 18 - North Carolina State at PJCS

Oct. 30 - Florida State at PJCS

Nov. 8 - at Boston College

Nov. 22 - at Notre Dame

Nov. 29 - Kentucky at PJCS

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