Tide May Return To Chick-fil-A

It was almost amusing to read a recent ranking of BCS National Championship teams and see Alabama's 2009 squad ranked down because it trailed Virginia Tech going to the fourth quarter.

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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