Posted: 3:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
By Chris Fuhrmeister
Auburn will play Louisville in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, the school announced Friday. It will be the second appearance in the annual event for the Tigers.
"It will be a great opportunity for us to play on a national stage to kick off the college football season against a very good Louisville program," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "We love playing in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in front of our fans who live in the area or who can make the short drive to see Auburn play in a first-class event."
The Tigers were originally scheduled to play Virginia in the 2015 game, but the Cavaliers apparently backed out of the Sept. 5 game. Auburn last played Virginia in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl, winning in a runaway, 43-24.
If everything works out according to plan, Malzahn should have the Tigers up and running as an SEC contender. If Louisville still has Charlie Strong as its head coach -- and based on his decision to spurn interest from several other schools this past offseason, there's a good chance he'll still be there -- the Cardinals could easily be a top-10 program. All in all, it should be a big-time matchup, better than the originally planned game against Virginia.
What do you think of the game? Will you be looking forward to making the trip to Atlanta?