Louisville Announces 2020 Football Schedule

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    Louisville Announces 2020 Football Schedule

    Thur. Sept. 3 NC STATE
    Sat. Sept. 12 at Clemson
    Sat. Sept. 19 MURRAY STATE
    Sat. Sept. 26 WESTERN KENTUCKY
    Sat. Oct. 3 at Syracuse
    Sat. Oct. 10 at Boston College
    Sat. Oct. 24 FLORIDA STATE
    Sat. Oct. 31 VIRGINIA TECH
    Sat. Nov. 7 at Virginia
    Sat. Nov. 14 WAKE FOREST
    Sat. Nov. 21 at Notre Dame
    Sat. Nov. 28 KENTUCKY
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    One weekday game for the poor guy that has to drive in from Cincinnati, so I could do without that, but I like the way this shakes out.

    I was partly convinced they were going to throw Clemson at us to start the year so I'm relieved that didn't happen. NC State at home is an GREAT opener.

    I like the bye week before the back-to-back home games against Florida State and Va Tech. It already feels like winning one of those two will be the difference between the kind of season I expect and a really good season. That said, the bye week before the Miami game was a complete disaster last year. It was six quarters before I felt like Louisville found themselves again.

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    Back to back conference games to start the year? That blows.

    Might make the trip to ND.

    Saturday night game on Halloween could be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    Back to back conference games to start the year? That blows.
    What's been a passing fancy for other leagues has become an obsession for the ACC since starting the network. Not the last time this is going to happen. I assume that from now on, pretty much any year Louisville doesn't have a marquee non-conference matchup to start the year (ND last year, Ole Miss next year), the ACC is going to throw this at us.

    Not a fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    Back to back conference games to start the year? That blows.

    Might make the trip to ND.

    Saturday night game on Halloween could be fun.
    I think these were exactly my thoughts in exactly the same order as I read through the schedule for the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    What's been a passing fancy for other leagues has become an obsession for the ACC since starting the network. Not the last time this is going to happen. I assume that from now on, pretty much any year Louisville doesn't have a marquee non-conference matchup to start the year (ND last year, Ole Miss next year), the ACC is going to throw this at us.

    Not a fan.
    In 2024 they are scheduled to open the season in Tampa against USF. That could change, but my understanding is that that particular game was insisted upon by Louisville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    In 2024 they are scheduled to open the season in Tampa against USF. That could change, but my understanding is that that particular game was insisted upon by Louisville.
    Count me in.

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    I don’t see 6 wins, even in the ACC.

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    I’ll say 7-5

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    Quote Originally Posted by westernky View Post
    I’ll say 7-5
    Give us your 7.

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    This stretch right here:

    Sat. Oct. 3 at Syracuse
    Sat. Oct. 10 at Boston College
    Sat. Oct. 24 FLORIDA STATE
    Sat. Oct. 31 VIRGINIA TECH

    That's the key. Win two, you're going bowling, no question in my mind. Win three, you're well on your way to having an OUTSTANDING season.

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    Clemson and Murray State are definite losses. Probably at Notre Dame as well. Beyond that you can make a case for the rest being in the W column.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    Clemson and Murray State are definite losses. Probably at Notre Dame as well. Beyond that you can make a case for the rest being in the W column.
    For sure.

    In truth, this whole season comes down to improvement in the trenches. With Mechi Becton gone, it's time to find out how well the offensive line holds up. And the defensive front was a huge problem for Louisville all last season. It's where the depth problem showed itself the most in the last couple seasons. Things come together with the big guys, and Louisville is definitely going bowling again.

    With so many close wins last year (and so many blowout losses) and a lot of those same teams on the schedule, I can make arguments that sound very similar but result in both 4-8 and in 8-4.

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    For me I first look at the home schedule. College kids generally perform much better in their home stadiums. Clemson is not visiting Louisville this year, nor is Notre Dame. Warrick Dunn's FSU squad isn't making the trip to Louisville. It is a manageable home slate.

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    I think they lose to Clemson, Syracuse, Virginia, Notre Dame, and Kentucky. Starting the season 6-2 might keep them in the top 25 for awhile but losing three of their last four will really hurt.

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