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Kick Times Set for Alabama-Florida State 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Weekend

Reserve those hotel rooms!

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ATLANTA (May 25, 2017) – This season will open with a pair of prime time Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games when top-ranked matchups Florida State vs. Alabama and Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech start the year off as the first college football games played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Florida State-Alabama Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 2 and be nationally telecast by ABC, while the Tennessee-Georgia Tech game will be featured in prime time on Monday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The Florida State vs. Alabama matchup could be the highest two ranked teams to ever play on the season’s opening weekend. Alabama and Florida State have met four times dating back to 1965 with the most recent meeting (2007) resulting in a 21-14 Seminole win. The Crimson Tide holds a 2-1-1 series advantage over the Seminoles. This will be Alabama’s fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, where the Crimson Tide currently holds a 4-0 record. It will be the first time Florida State has opened the season in Atlanta.

Past Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game teams and winners of The Old Leather Helmet include:

Year: Match-Up: Winner:

2016 (18) Georgia vs. (22) North Carolina - Georgia 33-24

2015 (25) Louisville vs. (6) Auburn - Auburn 31-24

2014 (2) Alabama vs. West Virginia - Alabama 33-23

2014 (18) Ole Miss vs. Boise State - Ole Miss 35-13

2013 (1) Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - Alabama 35-10

2012 (14) Clemson vs. (24) Auburn - Clemson 26-19

2012 (25) NC State vs. Tennessee - Tennessee 35-21

2011 (5) Boise State vs. (19) Georgia - Boise State 35-21

2010 (16) LSU vs. (18) North Carolina - LSU 30-24

2009 (5) Alabama vs. (7) Virginia Tech - Alabama 34-24

2008 (9) Clemson vs. (24) Alabama - Alabama 34-10

The teams will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football’s newest rivalry-style icons. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the head coach and then rotating from player to player as the team celebrates its victory. [Yeah, Saban isn’t doing that]

All tickets are being sold through the university ticket offices. No public tickets will be available through the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl office.


Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the preeminent bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1, 2, 5 (twice), 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (twice), 19, 22, 24 (twice) and 25 (twice). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 67,645, has been watched on television by 47.4 million viewers, and has distributed $51.9 million in total team payouts. For more information, visit




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