Time, Television Set For Kickoff

As is often the case, Alabama football got a jump on other colleges when the Crimson Tide began playing neutral site games against top competition. That will be the case again this year when Bama opens the season in Atlanta against West Virginia. The beauty of such games is allowing teams to play high level competition without the revenue loss of having to repay the game with a road trip.

In order for the scheme to work, sponsors of those neutral site games need a big name team -- Alabama is as big as it gets -- to play in these games. Sometimes it gets two big names, as when Bama opened the season against Michigan in Dallas a couple of years ago.

The Alabama football team will face West Virginia in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday, August 30. The game will be televised nationally on ABC and ESPN2.

The Crimson Tide will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff for the fourth time. Alabama defeated Virginia Tech 35-10 to open the 2013 season and also defeated Clemson (34-10) in 2008 and Virginia Tech (34-24) in 2009 in the Georgia Dome.

Under Coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has played in five previous neutral site regular season games (4-1 record). The Tide lost to Florida State in Jacksonville in 2007 (21-14) and opened the 2012 campaign with a 42-14 win over Michigan in the Cowboys Classic in Dallas.

Alabama will open the 2015 season against Wisconsin in the Cowboys Classic.

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