The agreement begins with the Beavers coming to Louisville on September 17, 2005, with the Cardinals expected to return the game in Corvallis, Oregon in 2008 or 2009.
Oregon State, 7-5 last season, competed in its fifth bowl game in six years and defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 38-21 in the 16th annual Insight Bowl at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The Beavers closed the season by winning their last three games and posted a winning regular season for the last three years, the best run for the program since posting five straight between 1966-70.
The Cardinals, 11-1 last year, finished No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll and appeared in their seventh straight bowl game, a 44-40 win over Boise State in the Liberty Bowl. Louisville returns 12 starters from a year ago, including seven starters on an offense that ranked first in the country in scoring and total offense.
"We're very excited about this series because it's a marquee game for our fans," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "Oregon State is a very good football team and has been a very successful program over the last three or four years. I know our fans will be excited to see a quality Pac-10 team come to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium."
"This is a terrific opportunity for our program," Beaver head coach Mike Riley said. "Louisville has burst onto the college football scene in recent years, much like Oregon State has, and I look forward to a great game."
This will be the first meeting between these two schools.