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Alabama and West Virginia get mid-afternoon Chick-fil-A Kickoff

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Alabama looks to jump off to a good start in the 2014 season and establish a case for early consideration for the College Football Playoff. The first opponent will be West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, a city that has been the setting for a number of wins for the Crimson Tide in recent years. On Monday, the game was given an official kickoff time, with a 3:30 p.m. eastern start time being set for a national telecast on ABC.

West Virginia announced the kickoff time in the spring game wrap up on its athletics website.

West Virginia will play its first game in Atlanta since facing Georgia in the re-located Sugar Bowl in 2006. That year’s Sugar Bowl was moved to Atlanta because the Superdome in New Orleans was still unfit for hosting a football game following Hurricane Katrina. The Mountaineers won the game, 38-35. Alabama has been a much more frequent visitor to Atlanta of course, having played in multiple Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games and SEC Championship Games in recent seasons. Alabama played in the first two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games in 2008 and 2009, handily defeating Clemson and Virginia Tech by a combined score of 68-34. Alabama again trounced Virginia Tech in the game last season, winning 35-10. West Virginia will be the first Big 12 school to play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Until now, the opponents have come from either the ACC or SEC with the exception of Boise State in 2011.

Helmet sticker to Al.com.

Edit: It was originally written West Virginia had not played in Atlanta since a 1981 Peach Bowl, but the 2005 season’s Sugar Bowl was moved to Atlanta. West Virginia faced Georgia that year in the transplanted bowl game.

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12 Responses to “Alabama and West Virginia get mid-afternoon Chick-fil-A Kickoff”
  1. fitz66 says: Apr 14, 2014 12:47 PM

    “West Virginia will play its first game in Atlanta since facing Florida in the Peach Bowl in the 1981 season.”

    WVU played in Atlanta for the 2005 or 2006 Sugar Bowl and beat UGA.

  2. monsterright says: Apr 14, 2014 1:13 PM

    Uhm. The Sugar Bowl is in New Orleans

  3. cubano76 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:21 PM

    3:30pm Kickoffs blow! Screws the entire day up. Too much potential for drinking way too much before the game, then sleeping through the game. Then, the game ends right at dinner time, so not sure whether to keep drinking or eat. This is just too complicated for me.

  4. thechill2005 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:21 PM

    When WVU played in Sugar Bowl it was moved to Atlanta because of Hurricane Sandy

  5. fitz66 says: Apr 14, 2014 2:54 PM

    Katrina – not Sandy – but same difference.

    Thanks for the tidbit @minsterright.

  6. musketmaniac says: Apr 14, 2014 4:20 PM

    Actually Katrina and sandy are a bit of a difference. But hopefully the mountaineers wont play like hurricane bob. Slept thru that in a hammock on my porch. Lot of wind not much damage.

  7. dbfan4ever says: Apr 14, 2014 4:47 PM

    sugar bowl was played in Atlanta due to Hurricane Katrina and WVU beat UGANDA!

  8. eugenesaxe1 says: Apr 14, 2014 4:58 PM

    Roll Eers.

  9. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 14, 2014 5:18 PM

    I even have pictures from that Sugar Bowl. I got on MARTA to go to the game decked out in my WVU attire, get on the train and it is packed with Georgia fans. The ride back was a lot more fun!

  10. dbfan4ever says: Apr 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    Stupid spell check I meant UGA not Uganda!!

  11. fitz66 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:53 PM

    Check out the arrest record: The two are closer than you think.

  12. wvufan82 says: Apr 17, 2014 3:01 PM

    Satan vs. Skullet battle for the ages

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