TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football loves Atlanta, and Atlanta seems to love Alabama football.
It was announced Tuesday that the Crimson Tide would face Miami in the 2021 Chick-Fil-A kickoff game. An exact date and time has yet to be announced.
Alabama defeated Florida State in the 2017 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game.
It’ll be the first time these two programs have faced off in 28 years.
The 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will mark the 18th time the Crimson Tide and the Hurricanes have faced each other, and will be the first meeting since 1993. Alabama owns a 14-3 advantage over Miami all-time. The two teams last met in the 1993 Sugar Bowl to conclude the 1992 season when (2) Alabama handed (1) Miami a 34-13 defeat to win the national championship. That game ended a 29-game Miami winning streak and gave the Crimson Tide its first national championship since 1979.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to open another season in Atlanta for the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Our team and our fans have always enjoyed playing in Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a fantastic competitive environment,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. “This event always has the feel of a bowl game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl staff has made it a first-class event. We have a lot of respect for Coach Richt and the Miami program, and we look forward to a great game in 2021.”
Miami will be making its debut in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and will be the ninth ACC team to make such an appearance. The Hurricanes return to Atlanta for the first time on a neutral field since their clash with LSU in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
“We are excited to kick off the 2021 season against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Both teams have great tradition. We are looking forward to the battle,” Miami coach Mark Richt said in a statement.
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