Best team matches for University of Louisville

The 2018 University of Louisville football schedule will be among the most challenging ever, featuring both Alabama and Clemson, winners of college football’s national championship over the last two seasons. They will be among the favorites again at Betting Top 10.

Alabama, which is considered a 5-2 favorite by some to retain the title, will be UofL’s opening weekend opponent in a nationally televised game on Sept. 1.  Louisville won the last game between the two by 34-7 in the Fiesta Bowl in 1990. 

Clemson, at 6-1 odds to win the national title, will host Louisville in South Carolina on Oct. 1.  UofL has yet to beat Clemson in four tries.

Florida State, with 40-1 odds, will play Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 29. The Cardinals have defeated the Seminoles in their last two meetings.

The Cardinals are in the process of a $63-million project that will enclose the north end zone of the stadium, which is set for the opening game of the 2018 campaign against Indiana State. It consists of 10,000 new seats, with 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes, and 12 exclusive field level suites that will increase the capacity to approximately 65,000.

Louisville opens its fifth season in the ACC on the road on Sept. 22 at Virginia and continues league play with consecutive home games: Sept. 29 versus Florida State and a Friday game versus Georgia Tech on Oct. 5 – the first meeting between the schools.

Following the two-game home stand, the Cardinals hit the road for three of the next four contests, beginning with a trip to Boston College on Oct. 13, looking for a third straight win at Alumni Stadium.

Louisville opens its fifth season in the ACC on the road on Sept. 22 at Virginia and continues league play with consecutive home games: Sept. 29 versus Florida State and a Friday game versus Georgia Tech on Oct. 5 – the first meeting between the schools.

After the first open week of the season, the Cardinals will host Wake Forest on Oct. 27 before traveling to Clemson Nov. 3 to face the 2016 national champions in Death Valley. The road stand continues with a trip to Syracuse on Nov. 9 for a nationally televised Friday night contest. The Cardinals have beaten the Orange on three-consecutive occasions after a 56-10 win last season.

The Cardinals close ACC play against NC State on Nov. 17 and end the year at home against Kentucky, with the series evened up at 15-15 after a 44-17 win in Lexington.

In all, Louisville faces nine teams that played in postseason bowls last season, including three schools that have accounted for six of the last seven national titles (Alabama, Clemson and Florida State).

Louisville fans loving Friday night spring football

The north end zone expansion awaits the addition of 5,000 to 6,000 new red seats.

As fate would have it, the University of Louisville’s spring football game would be on a perfect Friday night, one of the few the city has experienced this year with temperatures hovering in the upper seventies. A steady light breeze as a bonus.

An enthusiastic crowd that was every bit of the estimated 17,200 on hand despite the short notice of the game being rescheduled from Saturday afternoon to a day earlier. Should be a lesson in that for the planners, UofL people loving their football on Friday nights. Definitely better than noon on Saturdays, eh?

The south of the Green Lot was one huge party with UofL fraternities and sororities out en masse, sound systems going full blast. Impressive display of Greek life on display.

Many fans also got their first look at the stadium expansion, towering heavenward in the north end. Cardinal Stadium is indeed coming full circle, and the addition is going to be magnificent when people are circulating in the new VIP lounges and all the extra red seats.

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Cardinal Stadium expansion nearing the home stretch

The breadth and scope of the expanded football facilities at Cardinal Stadium will never be fully comprehended by the average fan. But the changes will be phenomenal for existing and future members of the University of Louisville football program.

Stadium Manager Michael Ortman takes us behind the scenes in the video with a progress report on the status of the football complex, which is being quadrupled in size. Stadium expansion, which will increase seating between 5,000 and 6,000 seats, will raise capacity to 60,000-plus for the 2018 season.

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Some rare Lamar Jackson memorabilia is going be auctioned off at the Petrino Family Foundation Coaches & Cocktails Reception on Thursday, April 12. The event, which will be held in the stadium PNC Club from 6 to 9 p.m., is sponsored by Planet Fitness.

According to promotional materials, “We have everything from signed Heisman footballs, Lamar Jackson signed jerseys and helmets, and even some awesome custom autographed Lamar Jackson prints. If you are looking for an autographed Lamar Jackson item, the Coaches and Cocktails Reception is the place for you!”

Individual tickets are $100, couples for $150, and tables for $650. Place your orders here.

Update on Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium expansion

No more need to close one’s eyes to visualize how the addition is going to impact the physical structure. The foundation is there, ready for all the extra touches to be added. 

The concrete vertex is now complete at the top of the end zone addition at Cardinal Stadium, which means that installation of the new video scoreboards and between 5,000 and 6,000 new seats can’t be far behind.

Except for a few people huddled at the tip of the addition, most of the construction workers were leaving when the observer checked out the expansion progress on Wednesday.

From all indications, the project is on schedule, within budget, and will be ready for the home opener against Indiana State on Sept. 8th. Capacity is expected to be 61,000-plus.

The expanded stadium will be a motivating force for University of Louisville football players who are preparing for the opening of spring football camp on Tuesday, March 20. The spring football game is scheduled Saturday, April 14th at 1 p.m.

Link to the entire interview.

Her conversion to UofL

First date was a University of Louisville football game, Memphis the opponent, snowing that night, Lee Corso coaching, John Madeya taking the snaps for UofL.


Little did she know this would be first of many Louisville football games, as well as basketball and baseball, to follow over the years if she continued to tolerate the observer. Spring games, scrimmages, groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, memorabilia, prints, face paint, car flags, Cardinal gear, women’s games, soccer, day trips, caravans, NCAA tournaments, bowl games … and 11 football coaches.

She was attending the University of Kentucky at the time, drawing the observer to Lexington two or three times a week. After dining and wining her on a Valentine’s Day at the Campbell House in Lexington. the observer would get up the nerve to propose, but have to wait two or three weeks for her response. She would finally said yes, thankfully, and his life would never be the same.

Initially a UK fan, she would switch her allegiance completely to the Cardinals after two or three years, coming to share the observer’s passion for UofL in what has become a decades-long experience.

Flowers, candy, a card, dinner and maybe a movie as she enjoys a day off from work. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.