Huskies To Face Auburn In '18 Football Opener

ATLANTA (November 3, 2016) – The No. 5 Washington Huskies and the No. 9 Auburn Tigers will face off in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to start the 2018 season in a rare Pac-12 vs. SEC clash.

The game is set for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 and will be played in the new, $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium – currently under construction in Atlanta – which will open in 2017 and play host to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, the 2019 Super Bowl and the 2020 NCAA Final Four.

The 11th installment of the nation’s longest-running kickoff game will feature the Auburn Tigers and the Washington Huskies in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Auburn continues the SEC’s trend of being represented in every Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game to-date, while Washington marks the Pac-12’s debut. Auburn is making its third appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, most recently defeating Louisville 31-24 to open the 2015 season.

The game will be nationally telecast by ESPN. Kick time is yet to be announced. All tickets will be sold through the university ticket offices.

“With two teams of this caliber, it really is going to be a major bowl game-type atmosphere and an epic celebration of college football,” said Percy Vaughn, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl chairman.

“We are thrilled to welcome Washington and the Pac-12 to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, as well as the opportunity to host Auburn for a third time,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. president and CEO. “As two of the top 20-winningest programs of all time, these teams represent the best in college football. It’s going to be a memorable start to the season and there is no better place to host this than in Atlanta, the capital of college football.

Here's the full press release from the Chick-fil-a kickoff website. Top Stories