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FAST FACTS

Billed as the "Daytona 500 of College Football," the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game matches two top teams in a neutral-site match-up to start the college football season.
 
When Who  
Thursday Aug. 28 Ole Miss vs. Boise State

Saturday, Aug. 30 Alabama vs. West Virginia
 
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At A Glance

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game creates a BCS-style atmosphere that has attracted teams with national rankings of No. 1, No. 5 (twice), No. 7, No. 9, No. 14, No. 16, No. 18, No. 19, No. 24, and No. 25 (twice).
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game's projected total team payout of $5 million is higher than 24 bowl games.
ESPN's College GameDay Built by The Home Depot appeared at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game the first three years of its inception and each Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has earned prime time national broadcasts. 
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has generated $195.4 million in total economic impact for Atlanta since its creation.

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Match-Ups

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MATCH-UP

 
2008 Alabama vs. Clemson No. 24 Alabama's 34-10 victory over No. 9 Clemson moved the Crimson Tide up 11 spots in the polls and helped propel them to an eventual No. 1 national ranking and a BCS bowl berth.
2009 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech The No. 5 Crimson Tide's 34-24 victory over No. 7 Virginia Tech started their national championship run and provided national exposure for Mark Ingram on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.
2010 LSU vs. North Carolina No. 16 LSU's 30-24 win over No. 18 UNC gave the Tigers a boost in the national rankings, started a 7-game winning streak for an eventual 11-2 season that ended with a win in the Cotton Bowl.
2011 Boise State vs. Georgia No. 5 Boise State defeated No. 19 Georgia 35-21, leading the Broncos to an eventual 12-1 finish and top-10 final ranking for the fourth-straight year.
2012 Tennessee vs. N.C. State AND

In the first matchup of these two teams since 1963, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Volunteers past the Wolfpack, 35-21. 

  Auburn vs. Clemson

No. 14 Clemson defeated No. 24 Auburn in frton of a Kickoff Game record 75,211 fans, jump starting an 11-win season including a victory against No. 8 LSU in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

2013 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech In their first meeting since the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, No. 1 Alabama defeated Virginia Tech 35-10.
2014 Ole Miss vs. Boise State AND
Alabama vs. West Virginia
 

 

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