Louisville-Virginia football rivalry

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Louisville–Virginia football rivalry
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First meetingOctober 15, 1988
Louisville 30, Virginia 28
Latest meetingSeptember 22, 2018
Virginia 27, Louisville, 3
Next meeting2019 in Louisville
Meetings total7
All-time seriesLouisville leads, 4–3
Largest victoryVirginia, 27-3 (2018)
Longest win streakLouisville, 3 (2015–2017)
Current win streakVirginia,1 (2018-present)

The Louisville–Virginia football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Louisville Cardinals football team of the University of Louisville and Virginia Cavaliers football team of the University of Virginia.

Louisville's move to the ACC in 2014, paired with Maryland's exit, meant that cross-divisional scheduling pitted Virginia against Louisville every year until at least 2024.[1] Though this rivalry is new, it has been very competitive in both basketball and football. Overall the record between the two schools in football is 4-3 in Louisville's favor.[2] The two states share a border and a long history, where Kentucky was once part of Virginia. This has led many fans to forecast this emerging rivalry as a meaningful one.[3] However, overall the reaction from fans of either school has been mixed, some supporting the rivalry and others feeling that it has been forced by the conference.[4][5]

The competitive nature of this rivalry is notable as only one game in the series has been decided by more than one touchdown.[6]

Game results[edit]

Louisville victoriesVirginia victories
1 October 15, 1988 Louisville, KY Louisville 30–28
2 October 28, 1989 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 16–15
3 September 13, 2014 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 23–21
4 November 14, 2015 Louisville, KY Louisville 38–31
5 October 29, 2016 Charlottesville, VA Louisville 32–25
6 November 11, 2017 Louisville, KY Louisville 38–21
7 September 22, 2018 Charlottesville, VA Virginia 27–3
Series: Louisville leads 4–3


  1. "ACC releases cross-division sched through 2024". SBNation.com.
  2. "Virginia vs Louisville 1869-2017". football.stassen.com.
  3. "Ye Olde Virginia-Louisville Rivalrye". Card Chronicle. 21 May 2014.
  4. "Kentucky Fan: I Hate Louisville and so should you". Streaking The Lawn.
  5. "Five In-Conference Rivalries I Care More About Than Virginia, And So Should You - The Cardinal Connect". www.thecardinalconnect.com.
  6. "Virginia vs Louisville 1869-2017". football.stassen.com.

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