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Times announced for opening weekend kickoff games

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We’re two months into the 2013 offseason, but if you’re already itching for some college football, allow us to whet your appetite. Before promptly reminding you that we’re still a good 176 days away — assuming my remedial math is correct — from kicking off, that is.

Anyway, ESPN announced the kickoff times for five opening weekend games this season, including the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Alabama and Virginia Tech, and the Cowboys Classic between LSU and TCU.

Thursday, Aug. 29 will feature two games: North Carolina at South Carolina at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Ole Miss at Vanderbilt at 9:15 p.m. ET. North Carolina did not go bowling this past season because of sanctions while South Carolina went 11-2 with an Outback Bowl win over Michigan. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are two of the SEC’s up-and-coming programs.

Two days later on Saturday, Aug. 31, Virginia Tech and Alabama will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The Tide, obviously, is coming off a BCS national championship and Tech a Russell Athletic Bowl win over Rutgers. Georgia will head to Clemson to renew an old rivalry, and TCU will face LSU in the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

So set yer DVRs. Or something.

Thursday, Aug. 29
6 p.m.  — North Carolina at South Carolina
9:15 p.m. — Ole Miss at Vanderbilt

Saturday, Aug. 31
5:30 p.m.  —  Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta)
8 p.m.  — Georgia at Clemson
9 p.m.  — TCU vs. LSU (Cowboys Classic, Dallas)

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9 Responses to “Times announced for opening weekend kickoff games”
  1. fcmlefty1 says: Mar 5, 2013 11:05 AM

    Man, can’t wait! Thats a nice slate of games to start the season! And there are some other gems that first weekend not listed here.

  2. halbert53 says: Mar 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    Ready for some football!!!

  3. lethimplaycoach says: Mar 5, 2013 11:47 AM

    “Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are two of the SEC’s up-and-coming programs.”

    Yeah, those Commodores strike fear in teams. They’ve been up and coming for 10 years now.

  4. sanduskyshowerboy says: Mar 5, 2013 12:19 PM

    We are in for a sandusky of a time!

  5. hor2012 says: Mar 5, 2013 1:10 PM


    You are sick. And, I have half a mind to report what you said to the police. If your post name is any indication of what’s going on in your mind you should be locked away forever beffore you hurt kids

  6. poison66 says: Mar 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    What about the Aug. 31 game between Oklahoma State and Mississippi State???? Looking forward to watching the Cowboys TORCH that weak SEC team!!!!

  7. billmead1976 says: Mar 5, 2013 8:37 PM

    Holy Smokes!!! LSU is leaving the state of Louisiana for a non-conference game.

  8. jeffroid says: Mar 6, 2013 9:05 AM

    2009: LSU @ Washington
    2010: LSU vs North Carolina @ ATL
    2011 LSU vs Oregon @ Dallas
    2011 LSU @ West Virginia

    Yes, genius, LSU is finally leaving the State for a non-conference game.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Mar 6, 2013 10:16 AM

    Georgia at Clemson is gonna be HUGE!

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