Cards to open 2018 football season against Alabama

Cards to open 2018 football season against Alabama

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville will open the 2018 college football season against Alabama, according to a report published Friday.

The Cards and Crimson Tide will meet Sept. 1, 2018, at Orlando's Citrus Bowl, ESPN reported.

Early-season, neutral-site tilts between Power Five elites have become the norm in college football in recent years, in part for television ratings and in part to bolster teams' strengths-of-schedule.

The Cards begin their second season this year as a member of the ACC in a neutral-site game against Alabama's SEC rival Auburn. That game takes place Sept. 5 in Atlanta.

The Southeastern Conference is regarded as the sport's top league, but the ACC went 4-0 against SEC teams on the final full Saturday of last season, including Louisville's 44-40 defeat of instate rival Kentucky.

Arlington, Texas, has become another popular site for these types of matchups, but Orlando will begin hosting such games next year when Florida State and Ole Miss converge on the Citrus Bowl.

Alabama has won two of the three previous meetings against UofL, but the Cards won the most recent one, a 34-7 blowout of the Tide in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.

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