Aug. 23, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University and the University of
Louisville announced Monday that they have signed a contract for a two-game
football series beginning next season according to FSU Director of
Athletics Dave Hart.
The Cardinals will visit Tallahassee on September 23 next season
with the Seminoles scheduled to travel to Louisville to play at Papa John’s
Cardinal Stadium during the 2002 football season. Next season’s date with
U of L fills the game canceled with Auburn.
Florida State opens the 1999 football season ranked No. 1 in both
major polls (USA TODAY/ESPN and the Associated Press) while Louisville
starts the year among those receiving votes in both polls.
“We are pleased to attract an opponent of the caliber of Louisville
to our schedule both next year and in 2002,” said Hart. “Our commitment to
fill the schedule with a Division I opponent was a challenge given the
short time available. Florida State has a rich history of competition with
Louisville dating back to 1952 and, of course, we were both members of the
FSU and Louisville have met 12 times on the gridiron with the
Seminoles holding an 11-1 advantage. Louisville’s only win came in that
first game in 1952. Florida State won at Louisville 40-15 the last time
the two teams met in 1991.
“I’m glad that we have been able to schedule Louisville for next
season and in the future,” said FSU head coach Bobby Bowden. “We have a
history of playing Louisville and I think they will be a great addition to
Florida State will play Miami, Florida and Louisville next season
in addition to the regular schedule of eight ACC opponents.