Alabama-Miami Set for 2021 Chick-Fil-a Kickoff Game; 1st Meeting in 28 Years

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 24-7 in their game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama and Miami announced Tuesday that they are renewing their rivalry for the first time in 28 years at the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. 

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports provided the announcement. 

Alabama and Miami have not played since the 1993 Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide won that matchup to earn a national championship.

"It's truly special when you can create a dream matchup like this featuring two of the biggest brands in college football," Peach Bowl CEO and president Gary Stokan said in a statement. "The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game has been fortunate enough to attract some of college football's most decorated programs. This matchup will certainly continue that tradition."

Alabama has been part of five Kickoff Games since the event's inception in 2008. The Tide are 5-0 in these contests, including a 24-7 win over Florida State on Saturday. The game was moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta starting with the 2017 season.

Miami has never played in a Kickoff Game. 

The direction of the two programs has been quite the opposite of late, particularly over the last decade. Miami has not won 10 games in a season since 2003 and has finished inside the Top 25 twice in the last decade. Alabama has won four national titles since 2009.