Despite having played football for 127 years, there are still major-conference opponents that Notre Dame has yet to play. The Fighting Irish will cross one more name off that list this November when Louisville travels to South Bend to meet Notre Dame for the first time.
The Cardinals are in a transition from former coach Charlie Strong to semi-new coach Bobby Petrino. Before leaving for the NFL, Petrino guided Louisville to a Big East title in 2006 and an Orange Bowl victory. Three stops and many personal challenges later, Petrino is back with the Cardinals.
Strong guided the program to 23 wins in two years until he left for Texas in January. Despite the loss of star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the program remains in good shape due to Strong’s recruiting prowess. The Cardinals move to the ACC this season, making it nearly impossible for Petrino to match Strong’s recent records.
Louisville begins spring practice Tuesday with its spring game set for Apr. 11. Let’s take an early look at the final opponent that will come to Notre Dame Stadium this fall.
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