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August 29, 2013- - AUBURN | Auburn will open the 2015 season against Louisville in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 5. It will be the Tigers second trip to the game, they played Clemson to open the 2012 season. Auburn lost the game 26-19.
"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. "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."
Malzahn will be entering his third season when the teams meet. The Cardinals will be representing the ACC after they join the conference in 2014. Louisville went 11-2 in 2012 and defeated Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan is enthused about the match-up.
"Louisville and Auburn represent two great football brands with incredible fan bases and a tradition of winning," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "The ACC vs. SEC is a tremendous rivalry that has proven to be a recipe for sellouts, high TV ratings and close, competitive games."
Auburn and Louisville have met only one other time on the gridiron dating back to 1974. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 16-3 at Legion Field in Birmingham.
"A match-up with an outstanding program like Louisville will give us a challenging contest to start the 2015 season," Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. ""With more than 20,000 Auburn alumni in the Atlanta region, it will be a great way to kick off the college football season for Auburn University."
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong would be entering his sixth season when the game arrives.
"I'm very excited for our fans that will get the opportunity to be a part of a great game and an exciting atmosphere. The exposure our football players and our program will get from a match-up like this is tremendous as we continue to build this program, and it is going to be a great experience for our fans."
Auburn is 33-9 all-time against teams from the ACC and holds a 4-1 record against the ACC in bowl games, including a 43-24 victory over Virginia in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. The victory over UVa was Malzahn's last game as Auburn's offensive coordinator before departing to become the head coach at Arkansas State.
Louisville has won three straight games against teams from the SEC going back to 2011, including a victory against Kentucky in each of the last two seasons and a 33-23 win over Florida in last year's AllState Sugar Bowl.
Tickets to the game will be evenly split between the two teams, creating a true neutral-site game. All tickets to the game will be sold through the university ticket offices. No tickets will be sold through the Chick-fil-A Bowl office.