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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: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:33 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.

Sounds like a bitter, ignorant  subway alumni who doesn't have a clue at the mud  he slings.




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:29 am
 

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

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Then again, we are talking about South Carolina here. Who outside of South Carolina gives a crap about South Carolina? Aren't they a potty break between North Carolina and Georgia on I-95?



Hey buddy get off your high horse. Do you think any of us down here give a crap about Pennsylvania? My wife is from Erie and let me tell you what a wonderful place that is. Aside from cheap beer and some smoked sausage that place could have a nuke explode and it would improve. You northern people are hilarious. All you do is make fun of the south with stereotypes when in reality there is just as much trash and stupidity up there. If it is so bad down here, why don't you tell all your buddies up north to stop moving down here. We don't need them down here telling us how great it is up there.

We like good looking women, good food, tradition, low taxes, and play golf 10 months a year. Go fly a kite.

Please tell me what Pennsylvania has to offer other than important moments in our nation's history. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia might be the ugliest cities next to Cleveland, and that's not referring to your women either, because we both know the answer to that.

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If Clemson, SC is such a great place, why does no one other than students live there? Why do more people live in Bensalem, PA or Wilkes Barre, PA? Never heard of Bensalem and Wilkes Barre? My point exactly.

If South Carolina is such a great state, how come twice as many people live in Pennsylvania? Or Florida? Or North Carolina? Or Georgia? And how come no one wants to go to "your" university (the one that actually has the state's name in its title)? If students in SC would rather go to Clemson than Columbia (a city people actually live in), that tells you a lot about Columbia.

How did South Carolina's MLB team do last year? How about their NBA team? NFL team? Oh that's right, they don't have any of them.

People may be moving south but they're moving to North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Meanwhile, South Carolina has the smallest population of any ACC state. Makes you wonder why the ACC bothers having a school there. Clemson should go to the SEC, they have no problem with rinky dink states and cities like Auburn and wherever the heck those two Mississippi schools that no one cares about are (and Clemson's basketball team would fit right in).

If it weren't for college football, no one in the US would even think twice about South Carolina. You can't say that about Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida. And oh yeah, your college basketball teams suck bullets. The best college basketball team in your state is probably the College of Charleston.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:19 am
 

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

Please tell me what Pennsylvania has to offer other than important moments in our nation's history.  Pittsburgh and Philadelphia might be the ugliest cities next to Cleveland, and that's not referring to your women either, because we both know the answer to that.
Hey, I grew up in that part of the country and will admit that Pittsburgh is NOT a beautiful city, though Philly is a little more picturesque, nonetheless I moved south some years back and it darn sure wasn't for your cities.  I think ALL cities are ugly, though some are uglier than others--Detroit comes to mind--but Atlanta is not exactly a beauty queen.  The most beautiful city I have ever seen would be either Melbourne, Australia or Edinburgh, Scotland and other than that I can't say I've seen a city in America that I thought was beautiful--maybe Honolulu, Hawaii or San Francisco, but both of those are so expensive to live in that the beauty goes right out the window with your cash. 



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:16 am
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Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:08 am
 

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

And just for the record before someone says anything..................


Correction:


My wife's FAMILY is from Erie, PA.  Her grandparents were smart enough to leave for better jobs and lifestyle down south.  My wife is a southern belle raised in the sunshine.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:04 am
 

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

Then again, we are talking about South Carolina here. Who outside of South Carolina gives a crap about South Carolina? Aren't they a potty break between North Carolina and Georgia on I-95?


Hey buddy get off your high horse.  Do you think any of us down here give a crap about Pennsylvania?  My wife is from Erie and let me tell you what a wonderful place that is.  Aside from cheap beer and some smoked sausage that place could have a nuke explode and it would improve.  You northern people are hilarious.  All you do is make fun of the south with stereotypes when in reality there is just as much trash and stupidity up there.  If it is so bad down here, why don't you tell all your buddies up north to stop moving down here.  We don't need them down here telling us how great it is up there. 

We like good looking women, good food, tradition, low taxes, and play golf 10 months a year.  Go fly a kite.

Please tell me what Pennsylvania has to offer other than important moments in our nation's history.  Pittsburgh and Philadelphia might be the ugliest cities next to Cleveland, and that's not referring to your women either, because we both know the answer to that.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:57 pm
 

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

Auburn vs. Clemson - The battle of the second choice universities in South Carolina and Alabama. If you can't get accepted to South Carolina or Alabama, you go to Clemson or Auburn.


Actually Auburn has traditionally always been ranked higher in academics than Alabama.  It wasn't until last year I believe that Alabama passed Auburn when they did some rennovations, but Auburn's new rennovations will be completed and counted soon, and Auburn will likely jump back in front.

This is quite surprising because Auburn doesn't have a law or medical school, and prides itself on programs in engineering, architecture, vetinary medicine, business, and others.  You can't really use the acceptance rate as a comparison because Alabama will always have to deny more kids admissions than Auburn.  It's because more people in the state pull for Alabama, and the kids mostly grow up pulling for the Tide.  The more kids apply, the more rejections there are.  It's very simple math.  Auburn and Alabama test scores are even and they graduate roughly the same amount of students each year. 

The only difference between the two schools is more Alabama fans pretend to be students. 



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:43 pm
 

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

>Clemson is and always has been THE university in the State of South Carolina. Just the Facts, learn to love it

If you live in State X why would you rather go to a school named after a rinky dink city nobody lives in than go to the school named University of X? I guess no one in South Carolina has pride in their state. They'd rather say they are from some tiny town than say they are from South Carolina.

Then again, we are talking about South Carolina here. Who outside of South Carolina gives a crap about South Carolina? Aren't they a potty break between North Carolina and Georgia on I-95?


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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:41 pm
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