|2011 Louisville Cardinals football|
|Big East Conference Co–Champions|
|Belk Bowl vs North Carolina State, L 24–31|
|Conference||Big East Conference|
|2011 record||7–6 (5–2 Big East)|
|Head coach||Charlie Strong (2nd year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Sanford (Former) (games 1–5)|
Shawn Watson (Interim) (games 5–12)
|Defensive coordinator||Vance Bedford (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium|
|2011 Big East football standings|
|#17 West Virginia †§||5||–||2||10||–||3|
|#25 Cincinnati §||5||–||2||10||–||3|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll
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 are 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 24–31.
|September 1*||6:00 PM||Murray State||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY||ESPNU||W 21–9||46,157|
|September 9*||8:00 PM||Florida International||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY||ESPN||L 17–24||47,228|
|September 17*||7:00 PM||at Kentucky||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Governor's Cup)||ESPNU||W 24–17||68,170|
|October 1*||3:30 PM||Marshall||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY||BIG EAST Network||L 13–17||53,267|
|October 8*||12:00 PM||at North Carolina||Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC||ESPN2||L 7–14||51,500|
|October 15||12:00 PM||at Cincinnati||Paul Brown Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Keg of Nails)||BIG EAST Network||L 16–25||40,971|
|October 21||8:00 PM||Rutgers||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY||ESPN||W 16–14||48,435|
|October 29†||12:00PM||Syracuse||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY||BIG EAST Network||W 27–10||44,817|
|November 5||12:00 PM||at #24 West Virginia||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV||BIG EAST Network||W 38–35||57,287|
|November 12||12:00 PM||Pittsburgh||Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY||BIG EAST Network||L 14–21||51,321|
|November 19||12:00 PM||at Connecticut||Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT||BIG EAST Network||W 34–20||34,483|
|November 25||11:00 AM||at South Florida||Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL||ESPN2||W 34–24||46,666|
|December 27*||8:00 PM||vs. North Carolina State||Bank of America Stadium • Charlotte, NC (Belk Bowl)||ESPN||L 24–31||58,427|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.|
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- Bozich, Rick (October 10, 2011). Play-Calling The Reason Strong Removed Sanford. The Courier-Journal, Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- "Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312810153.
- "Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Box Score". ESPN.com. October 15, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312882132.
- "Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011. http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=313090277.