The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Louisville Cardinals in Orlando on Labor Day weekend. The neutral-site season-opening game on Saturday, Sept. 1, will be televised nationally from Camping World Stadium on ESPN.
The 2018 game is the second in a multi-year agreement between Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, to host a major neutral-site college football game in Camping World Stadium during the opening weekend of the college football season.
This will be the first regular season neutral site game in Orlando for both the Crimson Tide and Cardinals. Despite no previous regular season appearances in The City Beautiful, both programs have appeared in Orlando bowl games twice before.
Alabama is 2-0 in Orlando with wins over Ohio State (1995) and Michigan State (2011) in the Citrus Bowl while Louisville has appeared in both bowl games posting a 1-1 record. The Cardinals defeated Miami in the 2013 edition of the Camping World Bowl, known then as the Russell Athletic Bowl, and later fell to LSU in the 2016 Citrus Bowl game.
This will be the fourth time the Crimson Tide and Cardinals square off on the gridiron. Alabama won the first two meetings, both in Tuscaloosa, in 1976 and 1977. Louisville won the most recent contest in the series, defeating the Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl, 34-7.