The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is getting ready to kick off the 2010 college football season again with the marquee matchup on opening weekend: LSU vs North Carolina.
In its third year, this Kickoff Game has matched the ACC vs. SEC with Alabama playing and winning in both games. Those opening wins against Clemson and Virginia Tech helped propel the Tide to undefeated regular seasons in 2008 and 2009.
There is talk that Alabama may be playing in a game against Miami in 2012. Nick Saban loves to play the opener against a quality opponent and especially in Atlanta where he has established a second recruiting ground to his home state.
But Chick-fil-A Bowl CEO Gary Stokan—the Chick-fil-A-Bowl operates and manages the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game—has much bigger plans than just one game that weekend. In an interview on Atlanta's 790TheZone radio station, he said the idea is being entertained of having multiples games that weekend going from Thursday through to Saturday's marquee matchup.
Two teams that were noticeably absent the first two years were Georgia and Georgia Tech. Stokan would love to get the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets to move their season ending rivalry to the first weekend of the season saying that a loss to one another could sour a potential conference championship game the following week.
The two rivals tried to work a deal out for 2011, but UGA did not want to move the game from Boddy Dodd to the Georgia Dome and then play at Tech the following year like the Yellow Jackets had requested.
Stokan would also love to have Clemson and South Carolina knock heads on Labor Day instead of Thanksgiving. New FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher likes that idea for the Florida-Florida State rivalry, but the Gators are not as keen on it.
But the management group is not just limited to ACC vs. SEC games. The group has talked with teams like UCLA, Michigan and Notre Dame as well.
Currently, the only other game scheduled to open the season is Tennessee and NC State in 2012 .
With Atlanta being such a fertile recruiting ground, I am sure the game will not have much trouble filling up.
I personally would love to see old rivalries and possibly start some new ones to open the season. Alabama-Notre Dame, Alabama-USC, Michigan-Georgia, Georgia Tech-Auburn are just a few.
What games would you like to see to start the season in Atlanta?
Entire Gary Stokan Interview
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