Billed as the “Daytona 500 of College Football,” the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the nation’s premier season-opening neutral site game matching top teams to kick off the first weekend of every college football season.
Auburn vs. Clemson
WHEN & WHERE:
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
The game is being hosted by the Chick-fil-A Bowl in partnership with ESPN.
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Nuggets:
Both Auburn and Clemson are projected to be ranked in the pre-season Top 25. This would mark the fifth straight year the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has matched Top 25 teams to open the college football season.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game's average total team payout of $4 million is higher than 20 bowl games.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game creates a BCS-style atmosphere that has attracted teams with national rankings of No. 5 (2), No. 7, No. 9, No. 16, No. 18, No. 19 and No. 24.
Three previous Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games have provided a national broadcast in prime time on ABC.
ESPN's College GameDay Built by The Home Depot has appeared at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game a record three straight years, marking it as the weekend's biggest match-up, 2008-2010.
Team History: Auburn vs. Clemson - Clemson won last year 38-24 in Death Valley, making this game the rubber match in the recent three-game series stretch.
Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Match-Ups:
2013 - Alabama vs. Virginia Tech
2014 - Ole Miss vs. Boise State