"We've had the opportunity to open the season twice before in Atlanta, and the experience has been extremely positive for our team and our fans," said Nick Saban, Alabama head coach. "The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome is a great venue for college football. It has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done an outstanding job of making it a first-class event. We have a lot of respect for Coach Beamer and the Virginia Tech program, and we look forward to another great game in 2013."
Brent Calloway, a linebacker/running back from Russellville High School, had hoped to start classes Wednesday when the second summer session started, but he has not yet been admitted to the university. Calloway must finish a summer school class at Russeillville before he is eligible to enroll at Alabama.
Duron Carter, a former Ohio State wide receiver who hopes to transfer to Alabama from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, also hoped to start classes this week. It's possible that a question holding up his admission could be answered in time for him to start classes Friday.
Issac Luatua, an offensive lineman from La Mirada (Calif.) High School, was not able to start summer school until this week because his high school class did not graduate until late June.
Prediction: The reasons for optimism are few for Florida. The Gators will struggle to contain Richardson, and the UF offense has most of the same personnel returning from last year when it generated just 281 yards against the Crimson Tide. Alabama 37, Florida 20.
Paul Finebaum has called the rivalry between Florida and Alabama "college football's most important rivalry." Despite this, Florida has played Alabama fewer times than any other founding member of the SEC except Ole Miss, Tulane and Sewanee. (Sewanee and Tulane left the SEC in 1940 and 1966 respectively.) Mr. Finebaum does have a point, though, as the Gators and Tide have met seven times in the SEC Championship Game, and combined for five national championships since 1992, including three of the SEC's current string of five consecutive championships.
Alabama's Michael Williams is on the watch list for the John Mackey Award, which goes annually to the top tight end in college football. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound junior is one of 34 tight ends on the preseason list.
Last month, Governor Robert Bentley signed a law could prevent young athletes from returning to practices or games if they could potentially have a concussion. It is intended for high school athletes all the way down to pee wee sports, although many college sports already follow the same guidelines. Alabama became the 21st state to pass a concussion law.
Dee Hart was the star running back for the Orlando, Fla. team. He is not the player involved with the violation.