At first glance the Louisville football schedule in 2019 may not look too intimidating, but when comparing it to the rest of college football you can see that Scott Satterfield has his work cut out for him in year one.
The 2019 schedule is certainly top heavy with Clemson and Notre Dame, two of the four teams from last seasons college football playoff. With that said, match-ups with the Irish and the Tigers isn’t what makes the schedule so tough, it’s the fact that there aren’t any terrible teams.
2019 Louisville Football Schedule
Sept. 2 (Monday): Notre Dame
Sept. 7: Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 14: vs. Western Kentucky (in Nashville)
Sept. 21: at Florida State
Sept. 28: Bye Week
Oct. 5: Boston College
Oct. 12: at Wake Forest
Oct. 19: Clemson
Oct. 26: Virginia
Nov. 2: Bye Week
Nov. 9: at Miami
Nov. 16: at NC State
Nov. 23: Syracuse
Nov. 30: at Kentucky
Ten of Louisville’s opponents in 2019 are from a power five conference. Of those ten teams, only one finished with fewer than seven wins in 2018. Florida State is the only power five opponent that finished with a losing record last season. Considering this was FSU’s first losing season since 1976, I’d say they’re not expected to be down very long. Talent is never an issue in Tallahassee.
Per Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports’ projected strength of schedule in 2019, Louisville’s schedule is the ninth toughest schedule in college football.
SOS+: The SOS+ is the team’s projected SOS score divided by the average projected SOS of all 130 FBS teams.
So a score of 25.45 would mean the projected SOS is 25.45% above average.
A score of -12.34 would mean it’s 12.34% below average, etc.
Clemson and Notre Dame are the only two teams on the schedule that are expected to be towards the top of college football, but teams like Syracuse, Virginia and Kentucky have made significant improvement in recent years. Those three used to be considered gimme games and that clearly isn’t the case anymore.
Boston College, NC State, Miami and Wake Forest aren’t expected to be nationally relevant, but all four teams are coming off of winning seasons and have some momentum. Especially when you consider where they were when Louisville first joined the ACC. As mentioned, Florida State is the only power five opponent that didn’t finish wish a winning record and the Seminoles are projected to be much better in 2019.