College football's opening weekend has become a five-day can't miss event. From Thursday, Aug. 29 until Monday, Sept. 2, college football will dominate your Labor Day weekend with more premiere than any one person could possibly consume -- though you know we'll try.
Louisville's season opener against Ohio, previously set for Aug. 31, has been moved to Sept. 1, giving fans few distractions from seeing Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals take the field for the first time since knocking off Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
According to ESPN spokesperson Mike Humes, the game will be nationally televised on ESPN and is scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m..
With 16 starters returning from an 11-win team in 2012, expectations are high for Louisville in its final, and only, year of American Athletic Conference play. The Cardinals will make their move to the ACC following the 2013 season.
Charlie Strong is not the type of coach to allow his players to look past their opponent, and Frank Solich's Ohio squad will show up looking to spoil Louisville's season opener. It was the Bobcats, after all, that walked into Happy Valley and knocked off Penn State 24-14 in Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions debut a year ago.
Scheduling news like this is exciting to post. It means the season is inching closer by the minute.