Alabama coach Nick Saban shouts instructions in the second half of Saturday’s Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Alabama, Miami will meet in 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff

Alabama’s football program has booked yet another trip to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.

The Crimson Tide will face Miami in the season-opening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2021, game officials announced Tuesday. 

It will be Alabama’s seventh appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, which began in 2008.

Alabama is 5-0 in the event, including Saturday’s 24-7 victory over Florida State, and is scheduled to return in 2019 for a previously announced game against Duke.

Alabama and Miami haven’t met in football since the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1992 season.

“It’s truly special when you can create a dream matchup like this featuring two of the biggest brands in college football,” said  Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., which operates the Kickoff event. “The Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has been fortunate enough to attract some of college football’s most decorated programs. This matchup will certainly continue that tradition.” 

September 2, 2017 Atlanta - Alabama head coach Nick Saban shouts instructions in the second half of the 2017 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Alabama won 24 - 7 over the Florida State. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Alabama is “pleased to have the opportunity to open another season in Atlanta” and has “a lot of respect for coach (Mark) Richt and the Miami program,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a news release.

The game will mark Miami’s first appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.

“Both teams have great tradition,” Richt said. “We are looking forward to the battle.”

The exact date of the 2021 game will be finalized later. 

There have been previous reports that Louisville and Ole Miss also will meet in a 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game. That matchup hasn’t been officially announced. 

FUTURE MATCHUPS

These pairings have been announced for future Chick-fil-A Kickoff games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:

2018: Washington vs. Auburn 

2019: Alabama vs. Duke 

2020: West Virginia vs. Florida State 

2020: Georgia vs. Virginia 

2021: Alabama vs. Miami

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