Louisville releases 2007 football schedule

The Cardinals will begin Big East play against Syracuse in late September

The University of Louisville and the BIG EAST Conference released the 2007 football schedule for Steve Kragthorpe's first season with the Cardinals. Louisville will face six teams that earned bowl bids in 2006. Rutgers, West Virginia, Middle Tennessee, South Florida, Cincinnati and Kentucky all went to bowl games last season and those teams were a combined 5-1 in post-season contests.

Kragthorpe's Cardinals will face two teams ranked in the final Associated Press poll, with the highest-ranked foe being No. 10 West Virginia. Rutgers finished at No. 12. As was the case in 2006, the Cardinals will face both teams in nationallytelevised ESPN Thursday night games. However, this season they won't be on back-to-back Thursday night contests.

Louisville will travel to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers on November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Last season, Louisville defeated the then third-ranked Mountaineers, 44-34, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals will look for revenge for last season's 28-25 last-second loss, when the Scarlet Knights invade Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Thursday, November 29.

The Cardinals open the season with a pair of contests at home, where the Cardinals have won 18 straight games — the second longest streak in the nation. Louisville begins the Kragthorpe era on Thursday night, August 30 with a visit from Murray State. Louisville will stay home to face Middle Tennessee on Saturday, September 8.

For the first time since the series resumed in 1994, U of L and Kentucky won't open their respective seasons against each other, as the Cardinals and Wildcats face off in Lexington on Saturday, September 15 — the third game for both teams.

ESPN will once again televise the
Louisville - West Virginia match-up
The Cardinals are 11-3 in their first two seasons in the BIG EAST, which included their first BIG EAST title and a BCS win in the Orange Bowl in 2006. Louisville opens its third season in the BIG EAST with a visit from Syracuse on Saturday, September 22 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

This year, the Cardinals will play four of their six road games against BIG EAST foes: Cincinnati (Oct. 13), Connecticut (Oct. 20), West Virginia (Nov. 8) and South Florida (Nov. 17). Besides the Kentucky game, Louisville's other road contest will come at NC State on Saturday, September 29.

The Cardinals' other two league home games are an October 27 visit from Pittsburgh and the Rutgers game on November 29. The Cardinals will also face Utah on Saturday, October 6 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The dates are tentative and could change at a later date. Times for games have also yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

2007 University of Louisville Football Schedule
Day Date Opponent Site Time
Thur. Aug. 30 Murray State Louisville, Ky. TBA
Sat. Sept. 8 Middle Tennessee State Louisville, Ky. TBA
Sat. Sept. 15 at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. TBA
Sat. Sept. 22 Syracuse* Louisville, Ky. TBA
Sat. Sept. 29 at NC State Raleigh, N.C. TBA
Sat. Oct. 6 Utah Louisville, Ky. TBA
Sat. Oct. 13 at Cincinnati* Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
Sat. Oct. 20 at Connecticut* E. Hartford, Ct. TBA
Sat. Oct. 27 Pittsburgh* Louisville, Ky. TBA
Sat. Nov. 3 OPEN
Thurs. Nov. 8 at West Virginia* (ESPN) Morgantown, W. Va. 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 17 at USF* Tampa, Fla. TBA
Sat. Nov. 24 OPEN
Thurs. Nov. 29 Rutgers* (ESPN) Louisville, Ky. 7:30 p.m.

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