Miami football game at Louisville moved to ABC primetime

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The September 19 Miami football game at Louisville has been moved from 3:30 ET to a 7:30 ET kickoff on ABC.

After announcing on Friday that the Miami football team would kickoff on September 19 at Louisville at 3:30 ET the gametime has been changed to 7:30 ET in primetime on ABC. The move was moved after Virginia at Virginia Tech that was previously scheduled for 7:30 ET was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The game will be telecast to a national TV audience. Miami last played in the ABC primetime game in the 2019 season-opening loss to Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Cardinals 52-27 last year at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami is coming off of a 31-14 victory in the season opener against UAB at Hard Rock Stadium Thursday night.

The announcement of the time change was posted on Saturday morning via the Miami football twitter account. The game will be a good opportunity for the Miami football team to play with the entire country watching as the top announcing team in college football, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the game.

The game between Miami and Louisville will be the ACC season opener for both. Louisville plays Western Kentucky in their season opener and lone non-conference game of 2020 on Saturday night. Louisville was 8-5 in 2019 under first-year head coach Scott Satterfield. Satterfield previously coached at Appalachian State.

Louisville is picked to finish fourth in the ACC in 2020, Miami sixth. The Atlantic and Coastal Divisions have been eliminated for the 2020 season. The top two teams in the final ACC standings according to winning percentage will earn a trip to the ACC Championship game on December 12 or 19 in Charlotte.

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The Hurricanes and Cardinals playing for a second consecutive season is a rarity for the cross-division rivals. Louisville finished 5-3 in the ACC in 2019, second in the Atlantic behind Clemson. Louisville wide receiver Tutu Atwell and running back Javian Hawkins were both chosen first-team preseason All-ACC.