Tigers to meet again in 2012

AUBURN, Ala. - A battle of two Tigers was set today when Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced an Auburn vs. Clemson match-up in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to start the 2012 season.

The game is expected to air nationally in prime time on ESPN or ABC. This will mark the first time the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game plans to host two season-opening, neutral-site games in the same year.

"We just added a lot more thunder to The Daytona 500 of College Football," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Bowl president and CEO. "Hosting a two-game weekend of college football on a national stage will create a kickoff experience that's never been seen before."

Tickets will be split evenly between Auburn and Clemson. The game and its surrounding events will be managed by the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Bowl in partnership with ESPN.

"This is a great game for both conferences and is a game both our fan bases will be very excited about all summer," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "Playing such a strong opponent in the opener will bring a sense of urgency to our preseason practices. There won't be much room for error. We are honored to be a part of this game."

"Playing Auburn in this game that kicks off the college season in Atlanta is a great showcase for our program and our university," said Dr. Terry Don Phillips, Clemson athletic director. "We're pleased that we will have this opportunity once again. It is rapidly becoming one of the great college fooball events of each season."

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