The Cardinals returns 16 starters from a year ago, including seven on an offense that led the nation in total offense (539.0) and scoring offense (49.8).
After opening the 2004 season unranked, the Cardinals went 11-1 to finish a school best sixth in the Associated Press poll and seventh in the ESPN/USA Today poll. The Cardinals defeated 10th-ranked Boise State, 44-40, in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
The last time the Cardinals were ranked in the preseason was in 2002 when the Cardinals opened the season 17th.
Louisville opens practice on Saturday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.