Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said the Cardinals are ready for the opener on Thursday night against Charlotte

Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said the Cardinals are ready for the opener on Thursday night against Charlotte. The Cardinals and 49ers will play at 7:03 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said he learned a long time ago to let the little scuffles at practice go, noting "there's no reason to get knocked down."

Petrino said there were a few skirmishes in practice recently, telling him his team is ready for the opener.

"I guess if there's one moment that sticks out it was in our last scrimmage," Petrino said. "Guys were getting a little testy. A couple of guys usually not that way, but they're tired of hitting each other.

"They're ready to hit someone else. You get tired. You're working hard and you get tired of against the same guy every day in practice."

Petrino said he didn't jump into the middle of it, letting it all play out and using it as a "teaching moment."

But now the teaching is over and the real games get started. The Cardinals play Charlotte on Thursday night in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and Petrino said the team is "more than ready" for the opener.

"It's finally game week," he said. "It's been a long camp, it always is, and it's nice to get to this point."

Petrino went on to talk about the importance of the experience factor with this team.

"We started our preparation for this game on Friday," Petrino said. "It is also good that we have some experience because they have been through game week. These guys have been through a game week, so that should help us be better prepared."

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