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Auburn to Face Louisville in 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff

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ATLANTA – Auburn will meet Louisville in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2015 college football season.

The game is scheduled to be played Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.

Auburn is back for its second Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearance after facing Clemson in 2012. The Tigers enter the 2013 season under the leadership of first-year head coach Gus Malzahn, who served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, helping the program to the 2010 BCS National Championship. Known for his innovative offensive style, Malzahn tutored Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton in 2010 and oversaw an AU offense that set numerous school records.

Louisville will be making its first appearance in the game. The Cardinals enter the 2013 campaign firmly entrenched in the AP top 25 with a No. 9 national ranking after going 11-2 last season and are expected to have a very successful season this year and beyond under the direction of head coach Charlie Strong. The Cardinals will be representing the ACC in the game after joining the conference in 2014.

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.

"We are really looking forward to playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to open the 2015 season," said Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn. "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. 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."

"A match-up with an outstanding program like Louisville will give us a challenging contest to start the 2015 season," said Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs. "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."

Auburn is 33-9 all-time against teams from the ACC and holds a 4-1 record against the ACC in bowl games, including a 43-24 victory over Virginia in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl. The victory over UVa was Malzahn's last game as Auburn's offensive coordinator before departing to become the head coach at Arkansas State.

Louisville has won three straight games against teams from the SEC going back to 2011, including a victory against Kentucky in each of the last two seasons and a 33-23 win over Florida in last year's AllState Sugar Bowl.

In the game, Auburn and Louisville 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 from player to player as the team celebrates its victory.

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