Cardinals get prime time national showcase spot on ABC for showdown with No. 3 Clemson

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Saturday’s football game between a pair of top-15 teams Louisville and Clemson is being moved to prime time, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Sunday.

The contest, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will be played at 8:12 p.m. and televised nationally on ABC with Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler, and Maria Taylor.

Louisville is ranked No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll and faces a top-five opponent for the second-straight season at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. In 2016, the Cardinals defeated No. 2 Florida State 63-20.

Clemson, the 2016 national champion, is ranked No. 3 after a 14-6 win over Auburn on Saturday.

ESPN’s College GameDay is broadcasting from the oval in front Grawemeyer Hall, on the UofL campus. Additional details will be announced later in the week.

Always a favorite of the fans and players, the University of Louisville will host a Blackout on Saturday.

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be a sea of black Saturday evening as all fans are encouraged to wear black under the lights to support the team, which will don black uniforms.

The history of the Louisville Blackout stretches back to the 2006 season during head coach Bobby Petrino’s first term with the Cardinals.

Under Petrino’s recommendation in 2006, the fifth-ranked Cardinals wore all black uniforms for the first time in a top-5 contest with third-ranked West Virginia on Nov. 2. The Cardinals picked up one of the biggest wins in school history, besting the Mountaineers 44-34 in front of a nationally televised Thursday night audience on ESPN.

The Cardinals held a Blackout for last season’s 24-14 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Duke on Oct. 14.

In advance of the event, Cardinal Fans are encouraged to support their local U of L retailers for Blackout and College GameDaymerchandise for the game.

From UofL Athletics

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