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Alabama and Duke will open 2019 season in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Alabama football looks forward to games in Atlanta

Been thinking about Alabama football games (and tickets) in Atlanta? There’s the upcoming Southeastern Conference Championship Game against Florida on Dec. 3. Then, hopefully, the Crimson Tide will still be the nation’s No. 1 ranked team after games against Auburn Saturday and the SEC title game. That would put Bama back in the Georgia Dome for the first round of the College Football Playoff on Dec. 31.

Beyond that, Alabama is already set to open the 2017 season in the soon-to-be-opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium next to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Bama will be taking on Florida State to open next year’s season.

But wait! There’s more!

Alabama and Duke will meet in for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2019, the two teams announced on Monday morning. The matchup will be the 12th installment of the nation’s longest-running kickoff game.

The Crimson Tide will be making its sixth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Alabama is a perfect 4-0 in the event with FSU coming next year.

Duke, coached by Alabama graduate David Cutcliffe, will be making its debut in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and will be the eighth ACC team to make such an appearance. The Blue Devils return to Atlanta for the first time on a neutral field since their memorable 2013 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl clash with Texas A&M.

Alabama and Clemson played in the inaugural Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2008, with the 24th-ranked Crimson Tide taking down the No. 9 Tigers, 34-10. Alabama Coach Nick Saban has frequently commented on that game getting the Tide back in the national conversation.

The Tide faced Virginia Tech the next year, defeating the seventh-ranked Hokies, 34-24. Alabama’s next pairing came in 2013, once again with the Hokies, as the top-ranked Crimson Tide began its season with a 35-10 win. Most recently, Alabama and West Virginia met to start the 2014 campaign with UA earning the 33-23 win over the Mountaineers.

The Crimson Tide and Blue Devils will meet for the fourth time in the history of the two storied universities. Alabama holds the 2-1 advantage in the series, most recently defeating Duke in Durham by a score of 62-13 on Sept. 18, 2010. The Blue Devils won the initial meeting between the two programs on Jan. 1, 1945, with a 29-26 win in the Sugar Bowl. The next meeting came in 1972, with Alabama taking down Duke, 35-12, in Birmingham on Sept. 9.

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