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2018 College Football Kickoff Weekend: Miami vs. LSU Moves to Sunday, Sept. 2; Airs on ABC in Prime Time

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  • Hurricanes-Tigers Play in Third Annual ABC Sunday Night Labor Day Weekend Presentation
  • First Regular Season Matchup Since 1988; Only Third Overall Meeting in Nearly 50 Years

Miami and LSU, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, will now be played on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC as part of ESPN’s networks five-day college football kickoff weekend showcase. The game, which will be played in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will mark the third consecutive year ABC has aired a prime time game on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

The 2018 opener for the Hurricanes and Tigers will mark the first regular season meeting between the two schools since 1988 and just the third overall meeting since 1969. The Tigers beat Miami in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the last meeting between the ACC and SEC schools. Overall, the teams have played 12 times, dating back to 1946, and the Tigers own a 9-3 advantage in those matchups.

ABC’s Kickoff Weekend Sunday Night Presentation has Been Record Setting
Notre Dame and Texas played in ABC’s first college football kickoff weekend Sunday night presentation in 2016, with the two-overtime thriller generating a total live audience of 11,093,000 viewers – at the time, a kickoff weekend viewership record across all networks. This season, West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech — from Landover, Maryland — played in the second annual ABC special presentation, generating a total live audience of 4,737,000 viewers, the third most-watched college football game on broadcast TV during the season’s kickoff weekend.

AdvoCare Classic Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The 2018 AdvoCare Classic will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual kickoff weekend game. The Tigers have played in the game twice, beating Oregon 40-27 in 2011 and TCU 37-27 in 2016. Next year’s game will be the first-time Miami has participated and the team’s first game at AT&T Stadium.

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