LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The BIG EAST Conference released the 2008 football schedule for its eight member schools on Monday. The Cardinals will have a school record eight home games under head coach second-year head coach Steve Kragthorpe and will play seven schools that went to bowl games in 2007.
The Cardinals, annually one of college football's top television ratings draws, have four games already scheduled for national telecast.
The seven bowl teams are: Kentucky (Music City), Connecticut (CarCare), Memphis (New Orleans), South Florida (Sun Bowl), Cincinnati, (Papa John's) West Virginia (Fiesta) and Rutgers (International).
The Cardinals kickoff the 2008 season at home against in-state rival Kentucky on a date that should be finalized in the upcoming days. After opening the season versus the Wildcats, the Cardinals will host Tennessee Tech just six days later at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1961.
After an 11-day layoff, the Cardinals will host Big 12 foe Kansas State on Wednesday, September 17 on ESPN2. The game was moved to Wednesday because of the 2008 Ryder Cup, which will be hosted at Valhalla Country Club. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats, 24-6, in 2006.
Louisville opens its fourth season in BIG EAST at home on September 27 with a visit from Connecticut. It's the fourth straight home contest for the Cardinals to begin the 2008 season.
The Cardinals hit the road for the first time in 2008 when they resume their long-standing rivalry with former league foe Memphis at the Liberty Bowl on Friday, October 10 in a nationally-televised game. It will be the first meeting since the 2004 season -- their last in Conference USA.
Louisville will return home on Saturday, October 18 to host Middle Tennessee and will resume BIG EAST action on Saturday, October 25 when the Bulls of South Florida visit Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.