Louisville, a first-year member of the revamped Big East Conference, is coming off an 11-1 season that included winning the Liberty Bowl over previously unbeaten Boise State 44-40. The Cardinals ranked first in the NCAA in 2004 for total offense per game at 539 yards and scoring offense at 49.8 points per game. The team also ranked in the top 10 in four other offensive categories and ended the year No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll.
"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."
The Cardinals have played in seven consecutive bowl games while Oregon State has appeared in five bowl games in the last six years.
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."
Oregon State opens the 2005 schedule by christening the new-look Reser Stadium Sat., Sept. 3 against the Portland State Vikings. The Beavers then host Boise State Sept. 10 before making the trip to Louisville.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs.