Notre Dame's Labor Day season opener at Louisville will kick off in prime time

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Plan to have your Labor Day barbecues wrapped up by 8 p.m. EDT.

That's when Notre Dame and Louisville are set to start their seasons on the football field. The Sept. 2 game at Cardinal Stadium will be televised on ESPN.

The Irish (12-1 last season) and Cardinals (2-10) have only played against each other once before: a 31-28 Louisville victory at Notre Dame in 2014. The 2019 matchup will be the debut of new Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield.

Notre Dame hasn't played a game on Labor Day since 1975 when the Irish won on the road against Boston College.

Notre Dame will only host one night game this season with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against USC. But the Irish will likely play a few night games on the road with start times at Georgia, Michigan, Duke and Stanford yet to be announced.

Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke, left, and safety Austin Collinsworth, right, bring down Louisville's Michael Dyer in Louisville's 31-28 win at Notre Dame Stadium in 2014.