Chick-fil-A kickoff games announced
One of the most highly-anticipated opening-week games of the past few years, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will become games — plural — this year.
In a release, it was announced that the event will host two games on back-to-back nights, one on Friday night (Aug. 31) and Saturday (Sept. 1). The Friday night game will feature North Carolina State and Tennessee, with Auburn and Clemson playing Saturday in a rematch of the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The Friday night game will be broadcast on ESPNU and Saturday’s game will be on ABC/ESPN. Last year, Boise State defeated Georgia, 35-21.
Go here to read the full story, including statements from the AD's of the respective schools.
Despite the glowing endorsement from Tennessee AD Dave Hart, the Vols' brass can't be too delighted with the media package. Auburn and Clemson play the marquee game on ABC, but Tennessee and NC State have to compete with the start of the high school football season (in many states), AND get relegated to ESPNU, a premium channel on many cable packages. This is not exactly the "exposure" the program expected when they signed up for the deal but after a dismal 5-7 2011 campaign, who should be complaining?