Louisville football 41st nationally in preseason SP+ ratings


ESPN released its preliminary SP+ ratings for the 2020 college football season.

The projections are based on returning production, recruiting and previous years’ performance.

Louisville ranked 41st nationally. The Cardinals have a project SP+ rating of 6.7.

The offense ranks 14th with a 37.2 rating while the defense ranks 84th with a 30.5 rating. 

SP+ National Ranking

Sept. 3

NC State


Sept. 12

@ Clemson


Sept. 19

Murray State


Sept. 26

Western Kentucky


Oct. 3

@ Syracuse


Oct. 10

@ Boston College


Oct. 24

Florida State


Oct. 31

Virginia Tech


Nov. 7

@ Virginia


Nov. 14

Wake Forest


Nov. 21

@ Notre Dame


Nov. 28



Louisville returns 16 starters, eight on each side of the ball, to a team that went 8-5 and won the Music City Bowl in 2019. The Cardinals finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Atlantic Division with a 5-3 record.

In his first season as the program's head coach, Scott Satterfield was named ACC Coach of the Year. 

The Cardinals play Clemson in Death Valley the second week of the season. Clemson is ranked third in the preseason SP+ rankings.

Louisville travels to South Bend to play Notre Dame, a team ranked 12th, on Nov. 21. The Cardinals end the season against in-state rival Kentucky, the Wildcats are ranked 28th. 

More than 50 percent of the ratings are determined by the returning production from last season. The recruits are factored in by a weight scale that considers incoming prospects along with former signees that have been with the team for several years. Results from previous seasons account for less than 10 percent of overall projections. 

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Bob Rodes
Bob Rodes

I was very impressed with Louisville when we came into town to play them in our opener. A lot of people said that Louisville sticking with Notre Dame as well as it did showed how bad a team Notre Dame is, but anyone associated with either program knows better: Louisville was light-years better last year than the year before. This year I'd be hoping for 9-3, and happy with 8-4.