By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on August 23, 2014
The 2014 season will be a big one for the Louisville Cardinals, as they welcome back Bobby Petrino for his second stint as head coach of the program, while at the same time they enter the ACC. With a new coach and a new conference, the Cardinals will have a lot of new names on their schedule in 2014, and here are five must-watch games for the Louisville fanbase.
The battle of the Bluegrass State is always an important game for both sides, and now there's a little more to it now that the game is being played at season's end and is now one of several ACC-SEC rivalry games that close out the regular season. No matter how Louisville's inauguration into the ACC goes, this is the one game they have to win, and a game fans will have to watch.
Part of being in the ACC for Louisville means an occasional matchup with Notre Dame, and once they finish their conference slate, the Cardinals will make a trip to South Bend. Playing against Notre Dame is always a special occasion, especially in South Bend on national TV. This is a great chance for Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals to get a marquee win, and a game that fans won't want to miss.
This won't be Louisville's first ACC game, or even their first road ACC game, but it could very well be their "welcome to the ACC" moment. The Cardinals have played in some tough road environments over the past few years, but nothing like Clemon's "Death Valley." The Tigers are also a team Louisville will have to climb over to get to the top of the ACC, so this will be a great barometer for them in their new conference.
A Thursday night home game in prime time against the defending national champions definitely qualifies as a must-watch game. If the Cardinals can pull off the win, it may be the biggest win in program history, and if nothing else, the game will be a measuring stick for Louisville to find out just how far away they are from competing for an ACC Championship.
This is the season opener, the homer opener, the ACC opener, and Bobby Petrino's second heading-coaching debut with Louisville all wrapped into one. On top of that, it's on Monday night in prime time against a marquee program like Miami. The spotlight for this game will be huge, and it'll kick off a new era for Louisville football; it's an absolute must-watch for Cardinal fans.
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