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Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 11:34 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The annual Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff has its pairing for 2013, the Hampton Roads Daily Press has reported. 

According to columnist David Teel, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver has confirmed an agreement that pits his Hokies against the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of the 2009 Kickoff game between the two sides, won 34-24 by the eventual national champion Tide.

Though the game's organizers have yet to make the announcement official, Weaver told the Virginian-Pilot last week that he didn't foresee any "sticking points."

While the Tide's participation has been expected for some time, the Hokies had previously been scheduled to play East Carolina in the two teams' 2013 opener. But with Weaver confirming that the Hokies and Pirates have reached an agreement to move their scheduled home-and-home to 2016 and 2017 instead of 2012 and 2013, Tech was free to return to Atlanta for the Alabama rematch.

The meeting promises to continue the Chick-Fil-A game's recent run of salty season-opening matchups, which include not only the Tide's 2008 thumping of Clemson that began Tommy Bowden's downward spiral into unemployment and last year's LSU-North Carolina thriller but this year's Georgia-Boise State showdown and next year's Auburn-Clemson and Tennessee-N.C. State doubleheader.

The only problem? We have to wait until 2013 to see it.


Comments

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:47 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Yo Walrus

Yes Va Tech played in BR in 2007

that was a payback for an earlier LSU visit up there

in fact Va Tech postponed the return trip for a couple years hoping 2007 would be kinder to them

IT WASN"T!!

but the hokies did beat us when we went there...



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:37 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Will be a great game.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:05 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

@Jdthorne

"tiny little SEC stadiums"??? - I am going to asum this is a joke lol

"no noise at all"??? - You have obviously never been to an SEC game. Or your deaf. Which is it?



Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:54 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Yeah, SEC schools are scared to death to go to a high school stadium like Lane. I guess we'll have to play in our tiny little SEC stadiums where there's no noise at all.



Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:21 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Man what would it take to get a big name program to actually come to Lane Stadium?  Alabama, Boise, LSU and ALabama again, but 3 of those are neurtal site games and one was at LSU.



Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:11 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

I have mixed feelings about the neutral site games.  On one hand, I loved it back then when teams could play a 12th game in one of the preseason games (i.e. Kickoff Classic, Pigskin Classic, or Eddie Robinson Classic) while everyone else only got to play 11 games.  

Now, that everyone is playing 12 games, I am not sure these neutral site games offer much of a benefit (aside from the money).  It takes away a home game or a potential home-home series with a BCS school.  Granted the growing trend seems to be to play fewer BCS schools (outside your rivals) in any given season.  I will admit these match-up involve teams that probably would never schedule a home-home series with each other, but maybe it is time the BCS conference returned to its roots.  Also, I am not sure how much VT will really benefit from a recruiting standpoint since they already play in Georgia every other year.  If fact VT will making two trip to GA in 2013 (second one against GT) just like they did in 2009.  

If schools are going to start playing in these "classics" again then maybe the NCAA should establish a certain number of classics and allow participating schools to play a 13th game.       



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:42 am
 

Early challenges are good, with 2 years to prep!

Go Hokies!



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

LSU-North Carolina thriller but this year's Georgia-Boise State showdown and next year's Auburn-Clemson and Tennessee-N.C. State doubleheader.

Hookem, there has been a Bama/Clemson - LSU/North Carolina - Georgia/Boise this year - Auburn/Clemson & Tenn/NC State next year.

That not enough?




Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Am I the only one who isn't somewhat disappointed that they picked these two teams so soon after they just played? Why can't Florida/Tennessee or Florida St/Miami jump in there to subsitute for one of the schools? Even still it should be a good game.




Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Anyone know the payout for the teams?


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