Louisville released their complete 2011 football schedule today and it should include more national television exposure than the 2010 schedule. The Cards open the season with a home game against Murray State on Thursday, September, 1 on ESPNU. UofL will then play the following Friday night, also at home, against Florida International. That game will be televised on ESPN.
Eight days later, Charlie Strong will take his squad on the road for their second match-up with Kentucky on September 17. Television has yet to be determined, but it will most likely be on a national outlet.
After a bye week, the Cards return home for a contest against Marshall. Louisville then leaves the state for the first time with a trip to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Saturday, October, 8. UNC will be Louisville’s final non-conference game as the next week marks the beginning of Big East play at Cincinnati. This year, the Battle for the Keg of Nails will be played at Paul Brown Stadium. Very cool and long overdue in my opinion.
Charlie Strong had this to say about the 2011 schedule:
“The schedule will certainly be very challenging. I expect the BIG EAST to be extremely competitive and balanced a lot like that season. Every team is capable of competing for the conference championship. I’m excited to have four games already scheduled on one of the ESPN networks, which increases the visibility of our program as we continue to build upon it.”
Louisville Director of Athletics Tom Jurich added:
“I’m very appreciative to ESPN for helping us work through some of the obstacles that we had in completing our schedule,” said Vice-President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. I’m very excited with the number of games we have on television, which is great visibility for our university and football program. ESPN continues to be a great partner for us.”
In total, there are four games already slated for national television, with more expected once the television schedules are finalized. Here’s UofL’s complete schedule:
Sept. 1 vs. Murray State
Sept. 9 vs. Florida International
Sept. 17 at Kentucky
Oct. 1 vs. Marshall
Oct. 8 at North Carolina
Oct. 15 at Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
Oct. 21 vs. Rutgers
Oct. 29 vs. Syracuse
Nov. 5 at West Virginia
Nov. 12 vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 19 at Connecticut
Nov. 25 at South Florida