2011 Louisville Cardinals football team
The 2011 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by second-year head coach Charlie Strong and played their home games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. They were a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference championship with Cincinnati and West Virginia. Due to tie-break rules, the Cardinals did not receive the Big East's automatic bid into a BCS bowl; West Virginia received the bid. The Cardinals were instead invited to the Belk Bowl, where they were defeated by North Carolina State, 31–24.
|2011 Louisville Cardinals football|
Big East co-champion
|Conference||Big East Conference|
|2011 record||7–6 (5–2 Big East)|
|Head coach||Charlie Strong (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Sanford (games 1–5)|
Shawn Watson (interim, games 5–12)
|Defensive coordinator||Vance Bedford (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium|
|2011 Big East football standings|
|No. 17 West Virginia $+||5||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 25 Cincinnati +||5||–||2||10||–||3|
As of January 11, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
|September 1||6:00 p.m.||Murray State*||ESPNU||W 21–9||46,157|
|September 9||8:00 p.m.||Florida International*||ESPN||L 17–24||47,228|
|September 17||7:00 p.m.||at Kentucky*||ESPNU||W 24–17||68,170|
|October 1||3:30 p.m.||Marshall*||BIG EAST Network||L 13–17||53,267|
|October 8||12:00 p.m.||at North Carolina*||ESPN2||L 7–14||51,500|
|October 15||12:00 p.m.||at Cincinnati||BIG EAST Network||L 16–25||40,971|
|October 21||8:00 p.m.||Rutgers||ESPN||W 16–14||48,435|
|October 29||12:00 p.m.||Syracuse||BIG EAST Network||W 27–10||44,817|
|November 5||12:00 p.m.||at No. 24 West Virginia||BIG EAST Network||W 38–35||57,287|
|November 12||12:00 p.m.||Pittsburgh||BIG EAST Network||L 14–21||51,321|
|November 19||12:00 p.m.||at Connecticut||BIG EAST Network||W 34–20||34,483|
|November 25||11:00 a.m.||at South Florida||ESPN2||W 34–24||46,666|
|December 27||8:00 p.m.||vs. North Carolina State*||ESPN||L 24–31||58,427|
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- Bozich, Rick (October 10, 2011). Play-Calling The Reason Strong Removed Sanford[permanent dead link]. The Courier-Journal, Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- "Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011.
- "Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. October 15, 2011.
- "Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011.