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Louisville football to open 2018 season against Alabama in Orlando

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On Thursday's edition of Ramsey & Rutherford, Tom Jurich referenced some scheduling news in the works that he believed would make Cardinal fans very excited.

I suppose this will suffice.

Alabama and Louisville will open the 2018 season in Orlando's Citrus Bowl, sources told ESPN.

The Crimson Tide and Cardinals have agreed to play Sept. 1, 2018.

Orlando is expected to host a neutral site season opener annually starting in 2016 with Florida State and Ole Miss.

The Louisville-Alabama contest in 2018 continues a long string of neutral site season openers for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama has played neutral site games in six of Nick Saban's eight seasons, including the past three years (2012 vs. Michigan in Arlington, Texas; 2013 vs. Virginia Tech in Atlanta and 2014 vs. West Virginia in Atlanta).

This season, Alabama opens against Wisconsin on Sept. 5 in Arlington. The Crimson Tide also has future neutral site openers in 2016 (vs. USC in Arlington) and 2017 (vs. Florida State in Atlanta).

Louisville also has scheduled future neutral site contests: this season vs. Auburn (Sept. 5 in Atlanta) and 2017 vs. Purdue (in Indianapolis).

Anyone remember the last time we played the Tide?

That's right.