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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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Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:33 pm
 

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

It is crazy when you think about, my goodness, Tennessee hasn't won the conference since 1998.  This isn't a joke anymore and there are no excuses.  That was 14 seasons ago.
And yet you don't agree with me about Tennessee?  Their last good year was in 2007 when they played for the SEC CG instead of Georgia, but what have they done since then?  People wrote off Michigan after just a couple of bad years and as you mentioned they still don't have the pieces in place to make it likely that next year is THE year that they will turn it around--which makes this Chick Fila game a bit of a joke like Purdue vs. Arizona State would be.  NC State at least won 8 games last year, so may look to be the favored or better team for the game.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:09 am
 

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

I don't know which side I fall on in this scenario, but I guess since I was born in the north Iguess I will always be a Yankee--even though I lived in the south for longer.  Anyways, since I like Pitt and Ohio State, I guess that would make me a Yankee for these purposes, so I for one can say that I'm not in the least jealous that NC State and Tennessee are in the Chick Fila game, but I have to wonder if Kentucky and Duke were busy that week as it seems silly to stop short of picking the absolute worst teams.  That is what people are upset about more than whether they are from the south or not, but the fact that they are NOT particularly good teams.  I mean if they had picked Purdue vs. Arizona State people would have been just as upset--why? Because it's a matchup of generally sorry teams whose better days are behind them somewhere.  And I'm not even going to bite on that lame comment about Ohio State as they didn't cheat and they will be just fine soon enough--they accepted their unreasonable punishment for the misdemeanor offenses committed and life goes on.


I agree with most of what you said here except the Tennessee part.  NC State has never really been a strong team, or had much to cheer about from a national standpoint, but Tennessee, as much as they have struggled the past decade, that team is a sleeping giant and I fear when they return, because if they get the right coach in there at the right time, its just going to be another SEC team to face. 

It is crazy when you think about, my goodness, Tennessee hasn't won the conference since 1998.  This isn't a joke anymore and there are no excuses.  That was 14 seasons ago.  They have become an avearge SEC team, but heck, who isn't?  Four seasons ago Alabama lost to Lousiana Monroe.  It swings in both directions and no team is exempt from down periods.  Perhaps the reason Auburn has seen more success lately is because Tennessee is down.  Or Bama's more success because Florida isn't challenging from the East.  And we all know SC is benefiting from Tenn and UGA being inconsistent. 

In 10 years it could swing back to Tennessee and Florida, and LSU, AUB, and ALABAMA could all be on probation, cause let's face it, it's getting real ugly down here in recruiting in the West. 



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:33 am
 

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

Obviously the "Yankees" in here are jealous that these games represent Southern Teams.  The truth of the matter is that there has not been a decent Northern football team in years, and the only one that came close (Ohio State) had to cheat to do that.
I don't know which side I fall on in this scenario, but I guess since I was born in the north Iguess I will always be a Yankee--even though I lived in the south for longer.  Anyways, since I like Pitt and Ohio State, I guess that would make me a Yankee for these purposes, so I for one can say that I'm not in the least jealous that NC State and Tennessee are in the Chick Fila game, but I have to wonder if Kentucky and Duke were busy that week as it seems silly to stop short of picking the absolute worst teams.  That is what people are upset about more than whether they are from the south or not, but the fact that they are NOT particularly good teams.  I mean if they had picked Purdue vs. Arizona State people would have been just as upset--why? Because it's a matchup of generally sorry teams whose better days are behind them somewhere.  And I'm not even going to bite on that lame comment about Ohio State as they didn't cheat and they will be just fine soon enough--they accepted their unreasonable punishment for the misdemeanor offenses committed and life goes on.
 



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:47 pm
 

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

By the way, what school won more national championships? What school's coach won more national championships? And what school is the reigning national champion? The answer is the University of Alabama, the state I assume you live in. Have some pride in your state.

Where are the Crimson Tide fans? You're going to let your boon dock neighbors insult you?



Schmolik would fit right in with Bama fans jumping on the badwagon faster than the locals in Tuscaloosa buy paps blue ribbon.  Get it straight brother, people who attend Auburn don't go there just because of football.  Yes, we love football, but we don't sell our souls to it like Harvey Updyke or the countless other non graduate Alabama fans.  You are correct, the majority of Alabama people do feel the way you do.  They pull for the Tide because their grandiddy did...and the championships...and because their neighbor might have a Bear tattooed on his chest.  It's easy to jump on board to that.  People in Auburn choose for different reasons.

People in Auburn could care less about being what you call a "small city"  We like it that way.  Auburn is somewhere you go for a college experience.  You are on campus with 25K students and professors just like you.  You are heavily involved in campus life and enjoy the small town atmosphere.  If you want to live in places like Tuscaloosa where 75% of the city has more affiliation with welfare programs than they do the University you will feel right at home.  

And just so you know, Auburn is one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama and has scored high on recent rankings of places to live and raise a family.  Great golf and family life. 

And the only reason a ton of people still live up where you do is because they simply haven't figured it out yet.  Jobs and companies are flocking south in SC, NC, AL, GA, TN, FL....not just the states you listed.  It's just a matter of time son.   





Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:00 pm
 

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

Hey Schmo. Aren't you the guy who gave us the brilliant insight into Seattle being a city in the Western U.S. far, far away from anything? Now, you give us your geography lesson for the day on South Carolina. Your interesting and somewhat perplexing theory that the merits of a state or region is somehow related to its larger population is a bit ludicrous. I look forward to your thesis on life in the Rocky Mountain States and how you'll never cross the Ohio River in your lifetime.



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:51 pm
 

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

If I were a U of I fan, I would trumpet the NFL, too.  Easily one of the most miserable BCS football programs.  And you seriously included the Colts in your diatribe of Northern dominance?  Come on...not only were they the worst team in football this year, but they also got worked by the Saints in the Super Bowl.  As for the Giants, the last time I checked Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was an Ole Miss grad.  And don't even get me started on the Phillies.  Historically, they have the most losses of any team all-time in any of the four major professional sports...and no one else is even close. 



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:45 pm
 

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

Wow! Tennessee vs. North Carolina State! Can't wait for 2 bottom-feeders of their respective conferences doing battle in Atlanta. Just hope that Coach Dooley is still employed by then. Stub Hub sources are saying that tickets for this epic matchup can be had for $2.75 and a receipt from any Chick-fil-A outlet in the Southeastern U.S. Love their chicken but this meeting of a couple of also-rans is fowl.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:22 am
 

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

>
To get into Alabama you need a 21 on the ACT and good high school grades.
To get into AU you need a 26 on the ACT and excellent high school grades.
Much easier to get into Bama than AU.
Fact not fiction.
>

You have any proof of these numbers? Let's see it.

If I live in Alabama, wouldn't I rather go to the University of "Alabama" than some school named after a tiny city in Alabama? I'd rather go to Alabama Birmingham than "Auburn". At least people live in Birmingham.

By the way, what school won more national championships? What school's coach won more national championships? And what school is the reigning national champion? The answer is the University of Alabama, the state I assume you live in. Have some pride in your state.

Where are the Crimson Tide fans? You're going to let your boon dock neighbors insult you?



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:15 am
 

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

>Obviously the "Yankees" in here are jealous that these games represent Southern Teams. The truth of the matter is that there has not been a decent Northern football team in years, and the only one that came close (Ohio State) had to cheat to do that. Anything North of hte Mason-Dixxon Line and East of the Mississippi River is little more than a very smelly armpit.

How about the New York Giants? Green Bay Packers? Pittsburgh Steelers? Indianapolis Colts? New England Patriots? You Southern hicks may be better in college football but the North kicks your butt in the NFL. I'd rather be better in the NFL than college football that doesn't even know how to have a playoff.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:24 am
 

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

Obviously the "Yankees" in here are jealous that these games represent Southern Teams.  The truth of the matter is that there has not been a decent Northern football team in years, and the only one that came close (Ohio State) had to cheat to do that.  Anything North of hte Mason-Dixxon Line and East of the Mississippi River is little more than a very smelly armpit.  Their college football teams are terrible.  There is nothing wrong with a match-up of two ACC teams against two SEC teams.  Both games will sell out.  They will be entertaining.  This is a great way to start Labor Day weekend.  My guess is that these two games will be a bit more competitive than Pitt hosting Youngstown State, or Penn State hosting Ohio, though in both cases those terrible teams are certainly capable of being upset.


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