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Report: Alabama Will Play Louisville To Open 2018 Season

Alabama, which has the nation's hardest schedule this coming season, doesn't appear to want to make things easier on itself in the near future, either. Friday, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that the Crimson Tide will open the 2018 season against Louisville in Orlando. The Cardinals have won at least nine games over the past three years, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida in 2012. 

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— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 31, 2015

Alabama's season-openers in the coming seasons are quite formidable. In 2015, the Tide gets Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas. In 2016, Alabama takes on USC in the same venue. In 2017, it gets Florida State in Atlanta. In short, Alabama opens with big-time opponents in each of the next four seasons.

For the 2018 season, Louisville now has both Kentucky and Alabama on its slate. That leaves two slots for the Cardinals to fill.