2013 Louisville Cardinals football
Russell Athletic Bowl champion
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 15
2013 record12–1 (7–1 The American)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorShawn Watson (3rd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorVance Bedford (4th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumPapa John's Cardinal Stadium
(Capacity: 55,000)
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 10 UCF $   8 0     12 1  
No. 15 Louisville   7 1     12 1  
Cincinnati   6 2     9 4  
Houston   5 3     8 5  
SMU   4 4     5 7  
Rutgers   3 5     6 7  
UConn   3 5     3 9  
South Florida   2 6     2 10  
Memphis   1 7     3 9  
Temple   1 7     2 10  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2013 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by fourth-year head coach Charlie Strong. The Cardinals played their home games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. They were in their last year as a member of the American Athletic Conference (formerly known as the Big East) until they moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference starting on July 1, 2014. They finished the season 12–1, 7–1 in American Athletic play to finish in second place. They were invited to the Russell Athletic Bowl where they defeated Miami (FL).

Previous season

The Cardinals finished the 2012 season 11–2, 5–2 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for the Big East championship. As the highest rated of the four Big East champions in the final BCS poll, the Cardinals received the conference's automatic bid into a BCS game. It marked also the first time the Cardinals won back-to-back BIG EAST titles. Louisville finished a remarkable season by defeating third-ranked Florida 33–23 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, giving the Cardinals their 11th win for just the fourth time in school history.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13:30 p.m.Ohio*No. 9ESPNW 49–755,332
September 712:00 p.m.Eastern Kentucky*No. 8
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPN3W 44–753,647
September 1412:00 p.m.at Kentucky*No. 7ESPNW 27–1365,445
September 2112:00 p.m.FIU*No. 7
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
WHASW 72–051,586
October 512:00 p.m.at TempleNo. 7AANW 30–721,709
October 107:30 p.m.RutgersNo. 8
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPNW 24–1055,168
October 188:00 p.m.UCFNo. 8
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPNL 35–3855,215
October 2612:00 p.m.at South FloridaNo. 18ESPN2W 34–335,782
November 88:30 p.m.at UConnNo. 20ESPN2W 31–1027,104
November 167:00 p.m.HoustonNo. 19
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY
ESPNUW 20–1353,027
November 2312:00 p.m.MemphisNo. 21
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Louisville, KY (rivalry)
AANW 24–1746,421
December 57:30 p.m.at CincinnatiNo. 19ESPNW 31–24 OT35,097
December 286:45 p.m.vs. Miami (FL)*No. 18ESPNW 36–951,098
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Rankings

See also: 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 9 8 7 7 7 7 8 8 18 20 20 19 21 21 19 18 15 
Coaches 9 8 7 6 7 7 8 6 16 17 16 13 15 16 16 16 15 
Harris Not released 6 16 16 16 14 16 18 17 16 Not released 
BCS Not released 20 19 20 20 21 20 19 18 Not released

Roster

2013 Louisville Cardinals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Michaelee Harris Jr
WR 3 Robert Clark Jr
QB 5 Teddy Bridgewater Jr
WR 7 Damian Copeland Sr
WR 9 DeVante Parker Jr
RB 10 Dominique Brown Jr
QB 11 Will Gardner Fr
QB 12 Brett Nelson Jr
TE 15 Hunter Bowles Fr
WR 17 DeMarcus Topp Sr
RB 20 Corvin Lamb So
RB 23 Brandon Radcliff Fr
WR 29 Stephen Goodwin Sr
WR 30 Diaz Bolden Fr
WR 31 DeQuan West Fr
RB 32 Senorise Perry Sr
FB 36 Luke Brohm So
WR 37 Martin Williams Fr
FB 42 Tyler Sharp So
FB 44 B. J. Butler Sr
OL 53 Jake Smith Jr
OL 54 Mike Romano So
OL 60 Joe Manley Fr
OL 62 T. C. Klusman Fr
OL 63 Josh Stearns So
OL 64 David Noltemeyer Jr
OL 68 Kamran Joyner Sr
OL 69 Chris Walker Sr
OL 70 John Miller Jr
OL 71 Chris Acosta Jr
OL 73 Henry Vincent Fr
OL 74 Ryan Mack So
OL 75 Sid Anvoots Fr
OL 76 Chase Petersen So
OL 77 Abraham Garcia So
OL 78 Aaron Epps So
OL 79 Jamon Brown Jr
TE 80 Zeke Pike Fr
WR 82 Eli Rogers Jr
TE 83 Ryan Hubbell Jr
WR 86 Matt Milton Jr
WR 87 Kai Dominguez Jr
WR 88 Jarrett Davis Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Keith Brown So
LB 2 Preston Brown Sr
CB 3 Charles Gaines So
S 8 Gerod Holliman Fr
DE 11 B. J. Dubose Jr
DB 12 Stephan Robinson Jr
LB 13 James Burgess So
CB 15 Andrew Johnson Jr
DL 97 DeAngelo Brown So
DL 98 Sheldon Rankins So
DL 99 Jamaine Brooks Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 8 Ryan Johnson Jr
LS 33 Grant Donovan Sr
K 35 Anthony George Fr
K 40 Joshua Appleby So
K 41 Matthew Nakatani Jr
P 45 John Wallace So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Vance Bedford
    Defensive Coordinator
  • Dave Borbely
    Offensive Line
  • Kenny Carter
    Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator
  • Ron Dugans
    Wide Receivers
  • Clint Hurtt
    Defensive Line
  • Brian Jean-Mary
    Linebackers
  • Sherrone Moore
    Tight Ends
  • Pat Moorer
    Strength and Conditioning
  • Tommy Restivo
    Secondary

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Roster
Last update: April 4, 2013

References