Auburn to open 2015 against Louisville in Kickoff Game

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn will open the 2015 season against Louisville in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta in a return trip for the Tigers to the high-profile game.

Auburn played Clemson last season in Atlanta. It will be Louisville's first appearance in the kickoff game scheduled for Sept. 5.

"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."

Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan likes the matchup.

"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 Athletics Director Jay Jacobs called the game "one of the best neutral-site games in the country."

"A match-up with an outstanding program like Louisville will give us a challenging contest to start the 2015 season," 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 coach Charlie Strong said the game presents "an outstanding tradition of putting together great match-ups, and facing Auburn in this type of event is great for our program and university."

"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."

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