The Louisville football team will open its 2016 season at home against North Carolina Charlotte, and will wrap up the campaign with another home game against arch-rival Kentucky.
Sandwiched in between those tilts will be non-conference games at Houston and Marshall, as well as the Cardinals' planned ACC slate.
Here's the deal, according to the C-J:
The Cardinals will open their 2016 season with a home game on Sept. 3 against University of North Carolina-Charlotte. They also have road nonleague games at Houston and Marshall and will finish the regular season with a home matchup against archrival Kentucky.
Contracts for each of the four nonconference games were obtained by The Courier-Journal through a public records request, and the games will complete Louisville's 12-game 2016 football schedule. The Cardinals have eight planned conference games for 2016 to round out the schedule, with home games against Duke, Florida State, NC State and Wake Forest and away games at BC, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia.
Charlotte was an FCS member in 2013 and 2014 and will transfer to FBS league Conference USA next year. The 49ers will receive a $600,000 guaranteed payout for the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, their contract with U of L says. Finalizing that game in September was the last step in completing Louisville's 2016 schedule.
U of L originally planned to play the second part of its home-and-home series with Marshall in 2014 when the schools inked their contract in 2009, but Louisville's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference forced the programs to move the U of L-Marshall game in Huntington, W. Va., to Sept. 24, 2016. U of L will receive $300,000 in fixed-guarantee money for that trip.
U of L's 2015 non-conference slate will include a season-opener against Auburn in Atlanta, home games against Houston and Samford, and a regular season finale at Kentucky.