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Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Times Set

The Chick-fil-A kickoff game has quickly become a tradition at the start of the college football season.  But this season, the game is branching out and becoming a two-game event.  All the better right?

Well, maybe not for everyone.

Years ago — during the short reign of King Kiffin of Knoxville — the Chick-fil-A folks tabbed Tennessee to play NC State in their 2012 game.  At the time, reps for the game said both programs would be on the rise under then-new coaches Lane Kiffin and Tom O’Brien.  Well, the Wolfpack at least won the Belk Bowl last year — I believe the trophy is a bronzed pair of women’s slacks — but the Volunteers have struggled since Kiffin abdicated his Tennessee throne after a single season.

So facing a possible dud game for the first time, the Chick-fil-A crew announced in 2010 that a double-header would be played, adding Auburn and Clemson to the mix.  Most assumed that “double-header” meant the games would be played on the same day, but the press release for the AU-CU game said specifically that dates — plural — and times were still to be determined.

Earlier this year we learned that UT-NCSU would be given a Friday slot and Auburn-Clemson handed the traditional Saturday start time.  Yesterday, we learned the kickoff times as well:

 

* Tennessee-NC State, Friday, August 31st at 7:30pm ET on ESPNU

* Auburn-Clemson, Saturday, September 1st at 7:00pm ET on ESPN

 

That’s a nice win for both sets of Tigers.  Not so much for the Vols and ‘Pack, who not only will be kicking off on an ESPN sub-channel, but they’ll be playing opposite Friday night high school games.

In short, Auburn and Clemson will likely get the recruiting boost they were looking for when they signed up for the Chick-fil-A game.  Tennessee and NC State might as well be playing on the C-SPAN at 3am.

 


6 comments
Mark
Mark

John--Now don't you be hatin' on that there Belk Bowl.  I managed to get my girlfriend to watch college football because of it (OK, it was so she could see the Belk commercials--it's her favorite place to shop).  ;P

Scott
Scott

Pretty underhanded if you ask me.  There's going to be a time (hopefully soon) when UT will be on top again, and the good folks at Chik Fil A are begging them to come back.  When that day comes, I hope they tell them to go pound sand, and then turn around and accept an invite to the game in Dallas.

vcoile
vcoile

Although I'm not drinking the Doolaide either and believe that if we don't win at least 8 this year he will be out, I believe this years team with the experience they are bringing back and an extra year of strength and conditioning that we will see a big difference between this years team and last years. Will it result in more wins? Only time will tell. Go Vols!

mmaz
mmaz

Insult to Injury - had we known it was to be a Friday night alone was reason enough to not go, but on ESPNU besides makes it worthless

 

Mike UTK '66

poooooook
poooooook

Tennessee sinks to a new low. If they lose to NCSU, Dooley will be fired before the end of the season.

JohnVol
JohnVol

 @poooooook You're right about a new low, but if UT loses to NCSU I think the wheels will fall off and Dooley won't make the season. Tennessee will fill up the Georgia Dome has we always have in the past for SEC Championship Games and Chick-fil-A Bowls, but we get bumped to the equivalent of Lifetime because we're just not relevant right now. Depressing. 

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