Louisville Season Opener vs. Ohio will air on ESPN

Louisville Season Opener vs. Ohio will air on ESPN

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Charlie Strong of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates with the trophy after they defeated the Florida Gators 33 to 23 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by Rocco Gasparro, University of Louisville

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 10:04 AM

For the fourth straight year, the University of Louisville football team will open its season on national television as the Cardinals host Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 1 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It’s the seventh consecutive year the Cardinals open the season at home.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31, but was moved to accommodate ESPN’s opening-week football schedule. 

Louisville appearance on ESPN will be the fifth nationally televised game slated this season. The Cardinals have a pair of Thursday night contests versus Rutgers and Cincinnati on the slate and two Friday night appearances versus Central Florida and Connecticut.

Ohio, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Frank Solich, return 16 starters from a team that went 9-4 a year ago and defeated Louisiana-Monroe 45-14 in the Independence Bowl.

The Cardinals and Ohio will meet for the fifth time in school history with the series tied at 2-2, but it’s the first encounter since the Bobcats defeated the Cardinals 22-15 in 1959
 

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