We were hit with news on Wednesday regarding the upcoming college football season. Of course it’s not too early to talk about it.
The first four ABC primetime games were revealed to the world. Two of them that will occur on the opening weekend of the season feature teams from the Southeastern Conference.
The first one, on September 1, will feature the reigning College Football Playoff Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide will be battling the Louisville Cardinals of the ACC down in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl.
First four primetime games on ABC are set (ET):— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) May 16, 2018
-9/1: Bama/Louisville (Orlando), 8 pm
-9/2: Miami/LSU (Arlington TX), 7:30 pm
-9/8: Penn State at Pitt, 8 pm
-9/15: Ohio State/TCU (Arlington TX), 8 pm
This will be just the fourth meeting between Alabama and Louisville in their programs’ histories, and the first since back in 1991. That year, they faced one another in the Fiesta Bowl, a game that the Cardinals won 34-7. Prior to that, ‘Bama played Louisville in 1976 and 1977, each time happening in Tuscaloosa, each resulting in wins for the Tide.
LSU and Miami, meanwhile, have met 12 times in their programs’ histories. The most recent was also during a bowl game, as they faced off in the 2005 Peach Bowl. That game is infamously remembered by Hurricanes fans as a low point, as the Tigers drubbed the Canes 40-3 that night. LSU has owned Miami in the 12 times they’ve played, picking up a total of nine victories.