Tide May Return To Chick-fil-A
Alabama and Virginia Tech opened the 2009 season in the Chick-fil-A game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Alabama did trail going to the fourth quarter. It was 17-16 in favor of the Hokies. But with Mark Ingram rushing for 150 yards and scoring two touchdowns, Bama took a 34-24 win over Virginia Tech. And, by the way, Virginia Tech was ranked seventh in the nation.
Alabama used that win to vault to a 14-0 season and the national championship, and Ingram was selected as winner of the Heisman Trophy.
It was a good game for Atlanta, too, played before a sellout crowd and a Saturday evening prime time ABC national television audience.
'BAMA Magazine/Bamamag.com has confirmed Alabama has been in serious contract negotiations for a return engagement to face Virginia Tech in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to be held at the Georgia Dome.
The Crimson Tide and Hokies have met 12 previous times with Alabama victorious in all but one.
Virginia Tech's 38-7 defeat of Alabama in the 1998 Music City Bowl was the second worst post-season loss in school history, topped only by Nebraska's 38-6 1972 Orange Bowl victory.
Two school records, 833 total offensive yards and 748 rushing yards, highlighted a 77-6 regular season Bama win in Tuscaloosa in 1973, the most points scored by the Crimson Tide since 1951.
Nick Saban is 1-1 vs. Frank Beamer. A Saban led LSU team opened the 2002 season on the road at Blacksburg losing 26-8 to Virginia Tech.
The 2013 contest would be the third appearance in five years in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game for Alabama. In 2008 the Tide was ranked 24th in pre-season and upset ninth-ranked Clemson, 34-10.
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