The 2018 AdvoCare Classic pitting the LSU Tigers against the Miami Hurricanes will mark the first time the event has been slated for a Sunday night primetime kickoff. The SEC-ACC battle on September 2 will at AT&T Stadium will get underway at 6:30 pm CT and will wrap up the college football kickoff weekend coverage on ABC.
ABC has set kickoff weekend viewership records the past two years, as more than 11 million viewers watched Notre Dame take on Texas in 2016 and more than 12 million watched Florida State play Alabama in 2017.
The LSU Tigers return to AT&T Stadium and the AdvoCare Classic for their third appearance in the series. The game will mark the first appearance by Miami, though the Tigers and Hurricanes are no stratgers to each other. LSU and Miami last faced each other in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Bowl, with LSU collecting a resounding 40-3 victory. The Tigers also lead the all-time series 9-3. Miami’s last win against LSU came in Tiger Stadium in 1988 when the Hurricanes drubbed the Tigers 44-3, tying the largest margin of victory in the series.
LSU is 2-0 in its previous AdvoCare Classic appearances, defeating Oregon 40-27 to open the 2011 season and beating TCU 37-27 in 2012. The SEC is 5-1 in the AdvoCare Classic, losing inn2017 for the first time in series history when the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines knocked off the No. 17 Florida Gators 33-17. The ACC has had just one lone representative in the event. That occurred in 2014 when the No. 1 and reigining national champion Florida State Seminoles downed the Oklahoma State Cowboys 37-31.