With Thursday's announcement that Alabama and Virginia Tech will reprise their 2009 meeting in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff, the annual Labor Day weekend clash has filled its dance card through the 2014 season's opening weekend. Georgia and Boise State will face off in Atlanta's Georgia Dome this September, followed by a two-game SEC-ACC showcase of Auburn vs. Clemson and Tennessee vs. North Carolina State in 2012. The 2014 matchup will return the Broncos to SEC country to take on Ole Miss.
In a statement just released by game organizers, Frank Beamer explains how his team felt at home last time around, even in hostile territory:
"What makes it even more attractive is working with all the great people who are associated with the Chick-fil-A Bowl. How we were treated at the event two years ago makes us want to go back and play in this great atmosphere again."
Nick Saban, meanwhile, has understandably fond memories of all the beatings the Crimson Tide have administered in Atlanta:
"We've had the opportunity to open the season twice before in Atlanta, and the experience has been extremely positive for our team and our fans."
The 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game is set for 8 p.m. EDT, Saturday, September 3.