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Auburn-Virginia To Meet In 2015 Opener?

Auburn.  Virginia.  Atlanta.  Chick-fil-A.

That’s how last season ended in the Georgia Dome as the Tigers beat the Cavaliers 43-24 in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl.  But if a Virginia blog is correct, it appears those two schools have agreed to meet again to open the 2015 season in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.

Cavalier fans who have received this year’s season-tickets have found a list of future opponents listed beside said tickets.  And, yep, a date with Auburn in Atlanta is listed right there as the opener in 2015:













This season, the Chick-fil-A opener will feature a doubleheader of Tennessee-NC State and Auburn Clemson.  In 2013, Alabama will face Virginia Tech.  In 2014, Ole Miss-Boise State and Alabama-West Virginia will take part in a double-header.

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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.

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SEC Headlines – 12/2/11

1.  Alabama’s 24-game home winning streak ended on a last-second shot by Georgetown in a 57-55 thriller last night.

2.  The Chick-fil-A Bowl would have no problem with an Auburn-Clemson rematch. 

3.  Auburn coaches received an eye-popping $2.6 million in bonuses for winning last season’s BCS Championship Game.  (Kinda puts LSU’s $1.15 million best-case bonuses to shame.)

4.  Arkansas is waiting to learn its bowl destination.

5.  UAB is reportedly interested speaking with Hog offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and Auburn running backs coach Curtis Luper — among others — about its head coaching job.

6.  The Ole Miss roundball team recorded a 70-68 win at DePaul last night.

7.  MSU’s Dee Bost is benefiting from a shade less playing time this season.

8.  Texas A&M might not have done itself any favors in firing Mike Sherman.

9.  After 20 years of success, was Florida due for a down season?

10.  Despite an 81-59 win over St. John’s (and North Carolina coming up next), John Calipari says his team was “just inept offensively.

11.  With a loss to Providence last night, South Carolina is off to its worst start in 47 years.  Ouch.

12.  This writer says Derek Dooley can’t ignore the role he played in Tennessee’s 5-7 season.

13.  James Franklin isn’t going anywhere… Vanderbilt will announce a new deal with the young coach today.

14.  Missouri has launched its own Mizzou Network… on the internet.

15.  Special bonus: How long before Nike brings this idea to the US… allowing you to put yourself on the field with your favorite team (sort of)?

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