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Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa during the national championship game against Georgia on Jan. 9. Saban and the Crimson Tide begin defense of their national title at 7 p.m. Sept. 1. [CRYSTAL VANDER WEIT/THE DECATUR DAILY]

Alabama's 2018 opener against Louisville in the Camping World Kickoff Classic in Orlando, Florida, will kick off at 7 p.m. Central on Sept. 1 and be televised on ABC, the Crimson Tide announced today.

It'll be the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs, with Alabama holding a 2-1 edge in the series.

The last time the Cardinals and Tide paired off was the 1991 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, when Louisville won 34-7. Alabama swept the only two regular season games in the series in 1976-77.

alex.byington@decaturdaily.com. Twitter @abyingtonTD.

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