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Sun. 8/31 2:00 p.m. Tue. 9/2 9:00 p.m. Thu. 9/4 3:30 p.m.

Friday, August 29

Thursday, August 28

The football team practiced for 75 minutes Thursday afternoon in shorts and helmets inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility as the Crimson Tide held its final practice leading up to Saturday's showdown with West Virginia. The season opener in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against the Mountaineers is slated for Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for a 2:36 p.m. (CDT) on ABC/ESPN2.

Alabama is making its 11th appearance in a dome stadium since the arrival of head coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide is 7-3 in the past 10 games since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game to open the 2008 season. The Tide is 6-1 in its last seven games in a dome. Read More

Wednesday, August 27

The football team practiced for 75 minutes Wednesday afternoon in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility as the Crimson Tide continues its game-week preparations.

Wednesday's workout was the 27th of 28 fall practices and the fifth day of work on West Virginia. The season opener against the Mountaineers is slated for Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff is slated for a 2:36 p.m. (CDT) start on ABC/ESPN2. Read More

Tuesday, August 26

The football team practiced for about two hours Tuesday afternoon in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility as the Crimson Tide continue its West Virginia preparations.

Tuesday's workout was the 26th of 28 fall practices and the fourth day of work on West Virginia. The season opener against the Mountaineers is slated for Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is scheduled for a 2:36 p.m. (CDT) start on ABC/ESPN2. Read More

Monday, August 25

The football team practiced for about two hours Monday afternoon in full pads inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility as the Crimson Tide got its game-week preparations underway.

Monday's workout was the 25th of 28 fall practice and the third day of work on West Virginia. The season opener against the Mountaineers is slated for Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is scheduled for a 2:36 p.m. (CDT) kickoff on ABC/ESPN2. Read More


About the Game

Gameday Schedule of Events

Time Event
8:00 a.m. Georgia Dome Parking Lots Open
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. FanZone
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tailgate Town
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Mountaineer Madness
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bama Bash
12:55 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Pep Rally & Team Walks
1:30 p.m. Georgia Dome Gates Open
3:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games Fast Facts

Billed as the "Daytona 500 of College Football," the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game matches two top teams in a neutral-site match-up to start the college football season. The 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game weekend will feature a double hosting of marquee games in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

When Who On TV
Thursday, Aug. 28, 8:00 p.m. EST Ole Miss vs. Boise State ESPN
Saturday, Aug. 30, 3:30 p.m. EST Alabama vs. West Virginia ABC

At a Glance

  • PAYOUT: The historical average total team payout of $4.3 million per game is higher than more than 20 bowl games.
  • COMPETITION: The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has attracted teams with national rankings of No. 1, No. 5 (twice), No. 7, No. 9, No. 14, No. 16, No. 18, No. 19, No. 24 and No. 25 (twice).
  • ON TV: Since its inception in 2008, all Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games have earned prime time national broadcasts.
  • ATTENDANCE: The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 70,205. That�s higher than the attendance of 30 bowl games last year.
  • IMPACT: Since its creation, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has generated $239.7 million in total economic impact for Atlanta.

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Match-Ups

  • 2008: Alabama vs. Clemson - Alabama�s 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.
  • 2009: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - The No. 5 Crimson Tide�s 34-24 victory over No. 7 Virginia Tech solidified their position as the nation�s top team and started their national championship run. It also provided national exposure for Mark Ingram on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.
  • 2010: LSU vs. North Carolina - No. 16 LSU�s 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2012 (Game 2): Auburn vs. Clemson - No. 14 Clemson defeated No. 24 Auburn in front of a record 75,211 fans, jump starting an 11-win season, including a victory against No. 8 LSU in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
  • 2013: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - In their first meeting since the 2009 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, two-time defending National Champion and No. 1 ranked Alabama defeated Virginia Tech 35-10.
  • 2014: Ole Miss vs. Boise State -AND- Alabama vs. West Virginia
  • 2015: Louisville vs. Auburn
     
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