LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - For the first time since 1974, the Louisville Cardinals will meet the Auburn Tigers on the gridiron.
It'll happen in 2015 when U of L and Auburn open the 2015 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The BCS-style season-opening Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game's tradition for matching top-ranked teams at a neutral site in the season's opening weekend continues. Both teams have a history of producing nationally ranked programs with the Cardinals starting the year ranked ninth nationally in both polls and the Tigers having won the national championship in 2011.
"The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has an outstanding tradition of putting together great match-ups, and facing Auburn in this type of event is great for our program and university," UofL head coach Charlie Strong said. "We look forward to opening the 2015 season against a great SEC opponent like Auburn. 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."
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.
"We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting matchup with Auburn," Vice-President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich said. "It's an outstanding way for our program to open the season and we are honored to be considered to play in this terrific matchup. History has proven that our fans will travel anywhere and I expect us to pack the Georgia Dome for this great event. We had discussions about getting into this game a few times in recent years are excited for this opportunity. We sincerely appreciate the Chick-fil-A Bowl group selecting Louisville for this signature event against a great program like Auburn."
In the game, Louisville and Auburn will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football's newest rivalry style icons. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the head coach and then rotating to different players as the team celebrates its victory.