The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game is hoping that the two teams selected to participate in 2015 are as good as they project to be in a couple of years. Auburn and Louisville are the two teams that will help kickoff the season, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Louisville will face Auburn in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Sept. 5, 2015 in Atlanta— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 29, 2013
Chick-Fil-A president and CEO Gary Stokan couldn't be happier to schedule the two teams, per Chick-fil-ABowl.com:
Louisville and Auburn represent two great football brands with incredible fan bases and a tradition of winning, said Stokan. The ACC vs. SEC is a tremendous rivalry that has proven to be a recipe for sellouts, high TV ratings and close, competitive games.
Louisville will make its first appearance in the annual game that began in 2008, while Auburn will play in the kickoff game for the second time with the first appearance coming last year against Clemson. The 2014 game will be a meeting between Mississippi and Boise State, as well as a meeting between Alabama and West Virginia.
Who will win the game in 2015?
Auburn and Louisville are two teams that are built well for the future.
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong continues to impress and took another step last season when upsetting Florida 33-23 in the BCS Sugar Bowl. The recruiting has also reached new heights, as Strong has made a huge impact in Florida, recruiting 10 players from the state and racking up 25 total commitments in the 2014 recruiting class.
With next year's move to the ACC, the Cardinals will receive a lot more national exposure.
Auburn should be back on top in no time under head coach Gus Malzahn. The offensive genius has a promising quarterback in Nick Marshall and did a remarkable job recruiting elite defenders in the 2013 recruiting class.
There's little doubt that this meeting will draw a lot of attention in a couple of years, as both programs are steadily taking steps forward.