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.