Tom Jurich can spend a lot less time answering questions about football scheduling for the immediate future.

The University of Louisville and Auburn University will play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Kickoff Game to open the 2015 season. That’s on a Saturday, Sept. 5, and comes with a national TV audience.CFA-Bowl-Logo-2012---June-24-white-270b

“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. 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.

The game will be in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, a familiar venue to UofL fans.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.