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2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We've known since September 2010 that the 2012 edition of the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game would be the annual event's first doubleheader, one matching up Auburn and Clemson in one game and Tennessee and North Carolina State in the other. But Thursday saw the organizers reveal that for the first time, the Kickoff will become a two-day event, one matching up the Volunteers and Wolfpack on Friday, Aug. 31, and the Tigers and other Tigers Saturday, Sept. 1.

“When we created the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game with ESPN, our goal was to kick off the season in a special and memorable way,” Chick-Fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan said in a statement. “With these two games, and these four teams and their fan bases, this is going to be a colossal weekend of football in Atlanta – like nothing you have ever seen before.”

While we don't begrudge Stokan or the athletic directors quoted in the statement their excitement over "the first-ever double hosting of marquee, BCS-style games on back-to-back days in the same venue," we also won't begrudge any neutral fans their lack of excitement over games that -- frankly -- don't quite live up to that "BCS-style" billing. Clemson may have won the ACC last season, but none of the other three participants won more than 7 regular season games, with the Vols' 5-7 mark a particular disappointment. (That billboard-worthy Orange Bowl drubbing at the hands of West Virginia even took a bit of the shine off of Clemson's 2011, too.) There's also the little detail that Auburn and Clemson doesn't exactly qualify as an exotic nonconference matchup any longer, not with the two teams having played each of the last two seasons and three of the past five. 

We won't argue with Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips when he calls the Auburn-Clemson tilt "one of the national highlights of the opening weekend of college football." But compared to past games like Alabama-Clemson in 2008 or Georgia-Boise State in 2011, we're forced to point out the 2012 Kickoff isn't quite that kind of highlight, either.

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Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2012 11:58 am
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

@ Shmucklick...have you ever looked at your NFL rosters before..generally about 60% of every team in that bloated , overpaid cesspool comes from a southern state ...because that is where football is king and there are actually great atheletes in every high school or middle school. The college football experience is truly unmatched by the pros...not even arguable. Southerners enjoy better weather, better beaches, better air and cleaner water...oh and our women are prettier too. College football is the true king of sports in America..and southerners are the kings of college football.



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:23 pm
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

What if it was Duke vs. Kentucky?

I feel pretty confident in guessing that probably twice as many fans would come to Atlanta to see Duke vs. Kentucky than they would to go and see Colorado play Indiana on a neutral field. In the South the Duke vs. Kentucky match up means something because it is ACC vs. SEC and 2 Southern teams playing for pride. The Georgia Dome would be packed full of people to see Duke play Kentucky and everybody down here would talk about the game after is was over for months. Heck, us ACC fans are still getting blasted because Vandy whipped Wake Forest last year.

Colorado vs. Indiana probably wouldn't even interest Colorado and Indiana fans very much. Nobody in Michigan or California would care about the game at all.




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:57 pm
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

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Yes, I am serious. Down here in the deep South, any ACC vs. SEC match up is considered that big.
Shoot.....then I stand corrected. What if it was Duke vs. Kentucky?

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That would be a whale of a basketball game. If they played in the Georgia Dome (and they could in this year's NCAA Tournament), you'd see a lot of people if not a sellout.



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:23 am
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

Hmmmm, Boones Farm, Strawberry Hill. Good stuff. 98 cents per bottle. I wonder if that's what the Beatles were ... oh, probably not. Never mind.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:10 am
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

Yes, I am serious. Down here in the deep South, any ACC vs. SEC match up is considered that big.
Shoot.....then I stand corrected.  What if it was Duke vs. Kentucky?  Still as big as the Rose Bowl?  Heck, if ya'll get that excited about a couple of mediocre teams squaring off, then I guess you must pull out the fireworks and the champagne when real contenders square off.  Of course, since I grew up in the country, it'd be Boones Farm, not champagne..........

  



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:57 am
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

Are you serious?  Last year's 5-7 Tenny playing 8-5 NC State for a season opener is as big as the Rose Bowl? 

Yes, I am serious. Down here in the deep South, any ACC vs. SEC match up is considered that big.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:11 pm
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

You obviously don't have your head in the game. Both of these match ups ARE as big down here in the South as the Rose Bowl is to the Big Ten and Pac Twelve.
Are you serious?  Last year's 5-7 Tenny playing 8-5 NC State for a season opener is as big as the Rose Bowl?  IF it were Clemson vs. Alabama it might be on par with it, but considering how badly WVU waxed Clemson, even that pales.  I understand football is big in the south, but you can't be serious about this matchup.  The Auburn and Clemson matchup is okay, nothing spectacular considering one was 8-5 and the other lost their bowl game badly, but certainly better than the UT/NCS matchup.

  



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:27 pm
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

Jerry Hinnen is either stoned or doesn't understand football in the South. ACC vs. SEC football in Atlanta, Georgia is the biggest football billing you can get down here.

Clemson vs. Auburn is always a grudge match between 2 Southern teams who both claim to be the best Tigers (LSU makes the claim also, I know.)

NC State vs. Tennessee will be another big ACC vs. SEC match up.

Chik Fil-A is famous for giving us great ACC vs. SEC match ups. They could have matched up any 2 Southern teams and drew a huge crowd, especially an ACC vs. SEC grudge match.

Jerry, stop covering Southern football. You obviously don't have your head in the game. Both of these match ups ARE as big down here in the South as the Rose Bowl is to the Big Ten and Pac Twelve. Get in the game before you embarass yourself with a pitiful article like this.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:00 am
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

Tennessee historically has been a very good football program and will be again.
I don't know about very good, but I might say good as since 1998 they have averaged a mediocre 8 wins per season--not really what you would call very good.  In that time frame they had 2 seasons (out of 14) that they could have been called very good, 1998 and 2007 when they had 10 wins or more, but other than that they have been above average most years.

  



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:03 pm
 

2012 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff: 2 games in 2 days

I would like to think, they do some homework prior to selecting the teams. In 2008 they took a chance on selecting Alabama; who knew? They are in the midst of an already record setting run. We are talking about the SEC here, so yes, that's news. Tennessee historically has been a very good football program and will be again. They have been down the last few years, but have had some heartbreaking losses the last couple of years. the blocked field goal by the eventual national champion in Tuscaloosa and the peronnel issues with the extra play in Baton Rouge. Auburn is just one year removed from hoisting the crystal ball. I can't help but wonder where NC State would have finished if Wilson had stayed. I belive the rise and fall associated with these programs is directly proportionate to leadership. These schools have very good head coach's, administrations, fan bases and foundations to build on. Who is to say one or more of these schools will begin another run? With history on their side, I have no issue with the games to be played and if they fail to showcase a BCS contender ? Get better at doing homework.  


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