Alabama vs. Virginia Tech Match-up History: Alabama leads the series against the Hokies, 11-1. The last meeting between the teams was in the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game when the #5 Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies, 34-24. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearances (including 2013): Alabama (3), Virginia Tech (2).
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game creates a BCS-style atmosphere that has attracted teams with national rankings of No. 5 (twice), No. 7, No. 9, No. 14, No. 16, No. 18, No. 19, No. 24 and No. 25 (twice).
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Gameís projected total team payout of $5 million is higher than 24 bowl games.
ESPNís College GameDay Built by The Home Depot appeared at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game the first three years of its inception and each Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has earned prime time national broadcasts.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has generated $195.4 million in economic impact to metro Atlanta since its creation.
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game History
2012 (Game 2) Auburn vs. Clemson: No. 14 Clemson defeated No. 24 Auburn in front of a Kickoff Game record 75,211 fans, jump starting an 11-win season, including a victory against No. 8 LSU in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
2012 (Game 1) Tennessee vs. NC State: In the first matchup of these two teams since 1963, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Volunteers past the Wolfpack, 35-21.
2011 Boise State vs. Georgia: No. 5 Boise State defeated No. 19 Georgia 35-21, leading the Broncos to an eventual 12-1 finish and top-10 final ranking for the fourth-straight year.
2010 LSU vs. North Carolina: No. 16 LSUís 30-24 win over No. 18 UNC gave the Tigers a boost in the national rankings, started a 7-game winning streak for an eventual 11-2 season that ended with a win in the Cotton Bowl.
2009 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech: The No. 5 Crimson Tideís 34-24 victory over No. 7 Virginia Tech solidified their position as the nationís top team and started their national championship run. It also provided national exposure for Mark Ingram on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.
2008 Alabama vs. Clemson: Alabamaís 34-10 victory over No. 9 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game moved the Crimson Tide up 11 spots in the polls and helped propel them to an eventual No. 1 national ranking and a BCS bowl berth.