A look back at the series between Louisville and Samford prior to Saturday's game at 6 p.m.

Cardinal Authority will provide a weekly look at the series between the University of Louisville and that week's opponent. Well, this week is the home opener is against Samford. The Cardinals will host Samford on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The University of Louisville will play an FCS opponent for the ninth consecutive season when the Cardinals host Samford on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

But it will be the first meeting between Samford and the Cardinals.

Samford is 2-1 on the season and lost last week to FCS No. 10 Chattanooga, while under new head coach Chris Hatcher. The coach came to Samford after spending four years as the head coach at Murray State. He is also a former assistant coach at Kentucky.

"We played Murray State last year and they run the same offense," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "(Hatcher) does a great job with it. They're gonna run fast tempo, they're gonna throw the ball, they have a big quarterback with a strong arm."

Petrino led the Cardinals to a 66-21 win over Murray State last season.

The Cardinals have won 19 straight games against FCS foes since a 23-22 loss to Murray State in 1984. The loss to the Racers that season was in the season-opening game that started an 0-3 start the last time for the Cardinals.

Petrino is 6-0 all-time against FCS opponents and his teams have scored 49.2 points a game in those victories.


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