Louisville vs. Alabama In Cowboys Stadium Next Season?

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In the last 48 hours the rumors have been flying about Louisville looking to add a huge non-conference game to their schedule next season. There has been some talk that Louisville and Alabama could potentially kickoff the college football season in 2013 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.

It sounds like this thing is still the early stages of even being seriously discussed, but I’ve heard that there is some truth to the idea. Two different people who covered the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans tell me that prior to the game, folks from ESPN and UofL discussed the idea with optimism. That certainly doesn’t mean that it will happen, but with the amount of buzz that Louisville has right now, it’s certainly an attractive idea.

Since 2009, Cowboy Stadium and ESPN have partnered to bring the top college football games to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The first four contests featured matchups between ranked teams with No. 20 BYU defeating No. 3 Oklahoma 14-13 in 2009, No. 6 TCU beating No. 24 Oregon State 30-21 in 2010, No. 4 LSU defeating No. 3 Oregon 40-27 in 2011 and No. 2 Alabama beating No. 8 Michigan 41-14 in 2012. LSU will play TCU in the 2013 Cowboys Classic on ESPN, ABC or ESPN2.

There will be two games played at the Cowboy Classic in 2014. Oklahoma State plays Florida State in what was set to be the last game under the initial agreement. That game will be Aug. 30, 2014, two weeks before Texas and UCLA play at Cowboys Stadium.

With two games scheduled for 2014, why not go ahead and add another one in 2013?

I’m sure there are a number of logistics that would have to be worked out to get this game scheduled, but you’ve got to think this is something that both Louisville and Alabama would be all for. I’d say at this point it’s a long shot, but let’s keep our fingers crossed.

About Nick Coffey

Nick Coffey
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick has worked in sports talk radio for over three years.


  1. We did go whip the highest ranked team not playing for National Championship!

  2. Hey I’m all for it, but I seriously don’t think Alabama would even consider it because if we beat them it ruins there whole season. I don’t think Alabama is willing to do that especially on their first game of the season.

    • gocards21685 I agree with you…UofL would have nothing to lose and everything to gain, while Bama would have everything to lose. Possibly another strong team would be receptive.

    • Alabama played in the cowboy classic this year, why wouldn’t they do it again next year? We’re probably gonna be in the lower part of the top ten, michigan was number 8 this year. It’ll be pretty much the same game for them. They’re not afraid of big games.

  3. Idk bout bama but i do like the idea of scheduling a tough non conference opponent.

  4. I love the idea of a top name non-conference game in Jerry’s House.

  5. i think Louisville would actually have more to lose. Alabama could go 12-1 with a loss to Louisville and be a lock for title game. Louisville could go 12-1 with a loss to alabama and not be in discussion for title game.

  6. Alabama will be at the Chick Fil A kickoff classic vs Virginia Tech next year.

  7. Nick Coffey

    Virginia Tech has been open about trying to get out of that game.

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