The University of Louisville football program has had some memorable season opening matchups in recent years and that won’t be changing anytime soon.
The Cards made their debut in the ACC in 2014 with a home game against the Miami Hurricanes, a program that over the years has become somewhat of a rival. A year later the Cards traveled to Atlanta to take on Auburn in the Chic-Fil-A Kickoff Classic.
In 2016 the Cards season opener was against Charlotte, which is a huge downgrade to the previews years, but for the next three years UofL will kick off their season against some pretty good opponents.
In 2017 Louisville will take on Purdue in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. Purdue is now coached by former Cardinal quarterback and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm. In 2018 Louisville will open their season in Orlando against Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama leads the all-time series with Louisville 2-1. However, Louisville won the last meeting 34-7 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
In 2019 the Cards will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the first time in program history. This will be the second meeting between the two programs. They first met in 2014 in South Bend with the UofL earning a 31-28 victory.<