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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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Comments

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:24 pm
 

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

Live it up while you can COOT.  The world is upsidedown when USUC beat Clemson in football.  It will soon be rightside up again.  You guys win 3 games and think you invented Football.  Carolina is in Chapel Hill, USC is in California and Clemson is and always has been THE university in the State of South Carolina.  Just the Facts, learn to love it.


andyham7
Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:23 pm
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Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:47 pm
 

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

You've got the southeast covered but who else is going to give a sh*t about these games?




Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:46 pm
 

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

Clemson would be a cellar dwellar every year iif it played in the SEC.  They play in the powder puff ACC, a second rate football conference on par with the Big East.  so when speaking in relative terms of the competition each SC school plays,Clemson is second rate all the way.  BTW, speaking of academics, that National Championship team in '82 players was full of academically deficient student-atletes.  Expect second helpings at the feet of the Cocks for years to come.  Spurrier has ol' Dabo's numba and he'll continue to own him.     



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:07 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.
You could be right about Auburn being 2nd to Bama, but is South Carolina really that popular or that well-known?  I mean as far as academics go, I've never seen them in the top 50 universities in the states list--usually somewhere between 70 and 100--and prior to the past 2 years, when have then won more than 7 games in a football season?  I just don't see Clemson playing 2nd fiddle to a team that has barely averaged over .500 since joining the SEC and has NEVER won the SEC. 

  



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:55 pm
 

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

A rather stupid comment to a college football article BUT, I would like to point out to you that you completely wrong about Clemson and South Carolina.  Clemson is widely regarded as one of the best public Universities in the country.  In the last rankings, Clemson was ranked nearly 50 schools AHEAD of South Carolina. 



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:59 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.


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