Cardinal Football

Where Does Louisville’s 2019 Schedule Rank Among ACC Teams?

Chris Humphrey

Scott Satterfield will have his work cut out for him in year one at Louisville.

Louisville likely won’t finish with the toughest schedule in the country, but when you have to face two of the four teams that made the 2018 College Football Playoff and play in the ACC, you’re certainly going to be in the conversation.

The college football crew at CBS Sports recently ranked the toughest schedules in the ACC with Lousiville coming in at No. 3.

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Scott Satterfield’s first season at Louisville shouldn’t be easy. The Cardinals get Eastern Kentucky and are also playing Western Kentucky in Nashville. Why two Kentucky schools are playing in Nashville is anybody’s guess, but the rest of the noncon includes the season-opener at home against a Notre Dame team that reached the playoff last season and the regular-season finale on the road against a Kentucky team that won 10 games last year. Also, while the Cards get Clemson in Louisville this season, they have to hit the road for Florida State, Miami and NC State.

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One of the reasons I hesitate to expect a huge difference in wins from a year ago is because there are only two “gimme games.” EKU and WKU are the only two games on the schedule that I think you can truly expect to win. The other ten games are against teams that are expected to be better than Louisville when it comes to preseason expectations.

To be clear, I’m not saying I think Satterfield will go 2-10 in his first season, but when you look at the majority of the schedule there really isn’t a bad team.

Of the ten power five opponents on Louisville’s 2019 schedule nine won at least seven games in 2018. Florida State was the only ACC opponent that finished with a losing record.

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