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March 6, 2013

Ohio // 9-4, 4-4 MAC // Independence Bowl // Head Coach: Frank Solich

The Bobcats will travel to Louisville for the Cardinals' season opener... it will mark the eighth straight year Louisville has opened its season at home... Louisville and Ohio will meet for the fifth time, but the first since 1959... the all-time series is tied 2-2 with a 1-1 record in both Louisville and Athens... Ohio has won the last two meetings in the series a 22-15 decision in 1959 and a 23-6 victory in 1958... the Bobcats had a solid year last year going 9-4 and winning the Independence Bowl... behind the 27th-ranked rushing offense, Ohio jumped out to a 7-0 start last season... the Bobcats posted a 4-4 mark in the MAC last season... Frank Solich is beginning his ninth year as head coach at Ohio.


Eastern Kentucky // 8-3, 6-2 Ohio Valley // Head Coach: Dean Hood

Louisville and Eastern Kentucky will meet for the 27th time... the Cardinals hold a 17-8-1 series advantage... Louisville has dominated the series at home holding a 10-3-1 advantage... the two teams last squared off in 2010 with Louisville winning 23-13 in the second game in the newly expanded Papa John's Cardinal Stadium... under the direction of Dean Hood, the Colonels finished at 8-3 and were the 23rd-ranked team in the Sports Network FCS College Football Postseason Poll... Hood, entering his sixth year at Eastern Kentucky, led the Colonels to a 6-2 mark in league play last year.

 

Kentucky // 2-10, 0-8 SEC // Head Coach: Mark Stoops

Louisville and Kentucky will once again square off for the Governor's Cup... Louisville trails in the series 11-14 but has won the Governor's Cup in each of the last two seasons... however, the Wildcats have won two of the last three meetings in Commonwealth Stadium... last year Louisville ran away with a 32-14 decision to jump start its run to the Allstate Sugar Bowl... Kentucky did blow out Kent State 47-14 who went on to play in the MAC Championship... Joker Phillips guided Kentucky to a 2-10 record last season including a 0-8 mark in the SEC... Mark Stoops is in his first year as the head coach.

 

FIU // 3-9, 2-6 Sun Belt // Head Coach: Ron Turner

Louisville and FIU will meet for the third straight season in a series which began in 2011... as the home team this year, Louisville will be looking to be the first team in the series to win on its home turf as the visiting team won in both 2011 and 2012... with both meetings being decided on by a touchdown, this series has always come right down to the wire... FIU won two of its last three games last season. Mario Cristobal guided FIU to a 3-9 mark last season, including a 2-6 mark in the Sun Belt... Ron Turner is in his first year as head coach.

 

Temple // 4-7, 2-5 BIG EAST // Head Coach: Matt Rhule

Louisville and Temple enter with a tied series at 3-3... however, Louisville has won the last three in the series including the last two by a combined score of 107-17... Temple went 4-7 last season with a 2-5 league record in its return to the BIG EAST Conference... the Owls ranked 31st nationally in rushing offense while freshman Tyler Matakevich was 38th in tackles per game... Temple is coached by Matt Rhule who is in his first year with the Owls.

 

Rutgers // 9-4, 5-2 BIG EAST // Russell Athletic Bowl // Head Coach: Kyle Flood

Louisville enters the season trailing in the series with Rutgers 5-7... however, the Cardinals have won the last three meetings... needing to win in 2012 to force a three-way tie a top of the BIG EAST standings, the Cardinals went out and beat Rutgers 20-17 and then went on to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl... just two years earlier in 2012, Louisville faced another must-win situation at Rutgers needing a win to become bowl eligible... the Cardinals did that and more against the Scarlet Knights with a crushing 40-13 win... the Scarlet Knights finished at 9-4 after a loss to Virginia Tech in overtime in the Russell Athletic Bowl... Rutgers posted a 5-2 record in the BIG EAST... Rutgers finished fourth nationally in scoring defense and sixth in rushing defense... the Scarlet Knights are coached by Kyle Flood, who is entering his second year as head coach.

 

UCF // 10-4, 7-1 C-USA // Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl // Head Coach: George O'Leary

Louisville and UCF will meet for just the second time in program history... Louisville doubled up UCF 42-21 in 1985 in the only other meeting in the series... the Cardinals forced five Knight turnovers including four fumbles... UCF beat Ball State 38-17 in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl for just the second bowl win in program history... the Knights advanced to the Conference USA Championship before falling to Tulsa in overtime... UCF is coached by George O'Leary who is in his 10th year at UCF... O'Leary guided the Knights to a 10-4 record last season including a 7-1 mark in league play.

 

USF // 3-9, 1-6 BIG EAST // Head Coach: Willie Taggart

With the series tied 5-5 the Cardinals will once again be looking to play spoiler against the Bulls this season as the home team has won eight of the 10 games in the series... with a 34-24 win at Raymond James Stadium two years ago, the Cardinals will be looking to make it two in a row at USF... the series also boasts two overtime games with USF prevailing both times... USF finished 3-9 last season which include a six game losing streak in the middle of the season... the Bulls also posted a 1-6 mark in the BIG EAST under then-head coach Skip Holtz... USF is currently led by Willie Taggart.

 

Connecticut // 5-7, 2-5 BIG EAST // Head Coach: Paul Pasqualoni

Entering with a 5-4 series advantage over Connecticut, Louisville is looking to avenge a triple overtime loss at home last season... despite playing with a wrist injury and an ankle injury, Teddy Bridgewater still gutted out a 331 yard performance with two touchdowns... the Cardinals sport a 2-2 record at Connecticut and won 34-20 on their last visit... in 2010, Louisville recorded its first BIG EAST conference game shutout with a 26-0 blanking of the Huskies... Paul Pasqualoni, is his third season as head coach, guided Connecticut to a 5-7 record last season despite finishing in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense and total defense... the Huskies finished at 2-5 in the BIG EAST.

 

Houston // 5-7, 4-4 C-USA // Head Coach: Tod Levine

Longtime Conference USA foe Houston will travel to Louisville this season for the 15th meeting in the series... the Cardinals hold a 4-3 advantage at home... Louisville has dominated the series as of late winning five of the last six meetings, but the two teams have not squared off since 2004... Louisville scored over 60 points in the last two contests with Houston... Tod Levine and the Cougars finished 5-7 last year but had a potent aerial assault finishing 11th in the FBS in passing offense and 15th in total offense... Levine, in his second year as head coach at Houston, led the Cougars to a 4-4 mark in league play.

 

Memphis // 4-8, 4-4 C-USA // Head Coach: Justin Fuente

The two longtime rivals square off once again... holding a 23-19 advantage, the Cardinals will be meeting the Tigers for the 43rd time in series history... Louisville has won nine of the last 10 meetings at home including a punishing 56-0 shutout in 2010... the Cardinals have scored 56 points in two of the last three meetings... Memphis finished 4-8 last season but ended the season with three straight wins by at least 14 points... the Tigers finished with a 4-4 mark in league play and are under the leadership of Justin Fuente, who is beginning his second season.

 

Cincinnati // 10-7, 5-2 BIG EAST // Belk Bowl // Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville

With the Keg of Nails at stake, these two longtime rivals square off for the 53rd time this year with the Bearcats holding a 30-21-1 advantage... Louisville went out and defeated Cincinnati in overtime 34-31 last season after rallying from a 10-point deficit twice... however, the Bearcats won the previous four games prior to 2012... Louisville does have one major blowout in the series - a 70-7 trouncing in 2004... Cincinnati beat Duke 48-34 in the Belk Bowl and held opponents to 10 or fewer points five times... the Bearcats under the direction of Butch Jones finished at 10-3 last season and were co-BIG EAST champions... Cincinnati finished at 5-2 in league play... Tommy Tuberville is in his first season as head coach of the Bearcats.

 


 

 

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