LSU-North Carolina agree to play in 2010 Chick-fil-A Kickoff

Greensboro, N.C.—Here’s some news and notes from the first day of the ACC Football Kickoff for 2009:

 

LSU-North Carolina at Georgia Dome in 2010?: Looks like the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff is headed for another blockbuster ACC-SEC matchup.

Two people close to the discussions told me Sunday night that North Carolina and LSU have tentatively agreed to play in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff on Sept. 4, 2010 at the Georgia Dome.

North Carolina and LSU have indicated to the Atlanta Sports Council that they will play in the game if some scheduling issues can be resolved to open up the date for both teams. Those issues are expected to be resolved.

The Chick-fil-A College Kickoff began last season with Alabama’s 34-10 win over Clemson in front of a sold-out Georgia Dome and a national television audience. This season Alabama and Virginia Tech, both expected be in the most preseason Top 10s, will meet on Sept. 5 in another hard sellout.

LSU and North Carolina have met six times in their football history with LSU holding a 5-1 lead in the series. The last meeting between the two schools was on Oct. 25, 1986 in Baton Rouge.

Tennessee and N.C. State have already agreed to play in the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff in 2012.

 

Virginia Tech-Alabama huge for the ACC: How big is Virginia Tech’s Sept. 5 game with Alabama at the Georgia Dome?

For the ACC, it is as big as it gets.

A year ago Clemson, which was a consensus preseason Top 10 program and the standard bearer for the ACC, played Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. The Tigers didn’t just get beat. They got embarrassed (34-10).

“We had a tough time getting over that one,” said Clemson running back C.J. Spiller. “We got kicked pretty good on national television.”

Clemson didn’t get over that game and by midseason Tommy Bowden was no longer the head coach.

The ACC has not had a real national championship contender since Florida State lost in the Orange Bowl to Oklahoma after the 2000 season. Virginia Tech, the defending ACC champs and preseason Top 10 pick, would appear to be the league’s best shot for a team to run the table. But in order to do that the Hokies have to beat Alabama in the Georgia Dome.

“We know that we’re representing the ACC in this game,” said rover Kam Chancellor. “We know how competitive the SEC is and that they’ve been whippin’ on the ACC for a while. Alabama is a power house with a lot of great athletes. We are going to go down there and five it our best shot.”

 

 

Mark your calendars: Playing the Florida Gators, the defending national champions and preseason No. 1 for 2009, is never an easy assignment. But Florida State will have the unenviable task of playing at Florida on Nov. 28. Barring injury, that will mark Tim Tebow’s final home game in a Florida uniform.

“That is already a tough place to play,” said Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. “You know it will be crazy game. Our job is to make it a close game because we can’t worry about what Florida is doing. We’re trying to get Florida State back on top.”

Ponder, who is a junior athletically, has already completed his undergraduate degree and is in the second year of his MBA program at Florida State. His father, David, played defensive line at Florida State from 1980-83.

Who made this schedule? There is a pretty strong consensus that Miami will be a better football team in the third year under coach Randy Shannon. Shannon has hired a pair of new coordinators in Mark Whipple (offense) and John Lovett (defense) and both received high marks in the spring.

But Miami could be a very good football team and start 1-3 or even 0-4. Here are Miami’s first four games:

Sept. 7: at Florida State

Sept. 17: Georgia Tech

Sept. 26: at Virginia Tech

Oct. 3: Oklahoma

“When I first saw that schedule it really got my attention,” said offensive tackle Jason Fox. “But I see this as a great chance. We want to put Miami back on the map and this is our best opportunity to prove that we can do that. This is our year.”

 

Yates is finally healthy: North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates, who played at Pope High School in Marietta, has 18 career starts for the Tar Heels. But rarely in his first two seasons has he been completely healthy. He missed six games last season with a sprained left ankle. He had shoulder surgery in 2007. He even injured his right (throwing) thumb playing a game of Ultimate Frisbee last April. That put him out of throwing for about six weeks.

But on Sunday Yates, who threw for 1,168 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games last season, said: “This is the best I have felt in two years.”

Now Yates, who has completed 60 percent of his career passes, has to stay that way. If he does the Tar Heels are expected to challenge Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in the ACC Coastal.

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106 comments Add your comment

m

July 27th, 2009
6:48 am

Tony…if you paid any attention to the conferences (instead of your blind crush on the sec) you would probably have noted that the sec is a top heavy conference with floriduh and the 11 dwarfs. Last year the sec finished the season with FOUR TEAMS ranked below last place Duke in the Sagarin computer rankings.

The ACC might not have one team with floriduh’s credentials, but the ACC is strong top to bottom and every team is competitive. And also defeated the mighty sec 6 out of 10 in the regular season last year when most sec junkies picked the sec to win all 10 (looks like they came up a little short!!)

You sec homer gomers try to act like the sec is a better conference because they have one good team. But the ACC has more good teams top to bottom…and that makes a better conference….wouldn’t you agree Tony?

Bottom line…the sec is the chan gomer gailey of conferences…just like tony barnyard is the chan gomer gailey of sports writers (sic).

Thank God and Greyhound that chan gomer gailey is gone forever. The future is so bright at Tech that we all need to wear shades.

45-42…only the beginning.

SAINT SIMMONS

July 27th, 2009
7:01 am

I’m stupid and boring.

Swampster

July 27th, 2009
7:19 am

Hey Tony… the ACC cancelled their Media Days. Admit it, you are taking a vacation on the AJC and writing these stories between golf rounds.

Bamafan

July 27th, 2009
7:27 am

The ACC would be a strong football conference if the seminoles and canes get back to play football
like they did in 80’s and 90’s!!

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
7:31 am

Does anyone recall the score of last year’s Ga/Ga Tech game?

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
7:38 am

The Acc’s #2 team (whoever it is)..would be no better than #7 in the SEC and would be below 500 in conference.. Va Tech might go 5-3 in the SEC. Maybe.

It makes sense that a Greyhound (above) would be the ACC advocate. That’s because, metaphorically, The SEC is a tricked out Bentley, the ACC is a Greyhound bus, with no A/C, spewing black exhaust as it drives down the dirt road to oblivion.. With no spare tire. And the driver is drunk.

SimpleDawg

July 27th, 2009
7:43 am

I see that all of you little yeller fellers are up, and still feeling inferior to the Simply Excellent Conference. Y’all whine, moan and groan, and stomp your feet seeking attention.

Pitiful, just pitiful…..bless your little hearts.

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
7:49 am

Duke wouldnt go 500 playing a HS schedule in Gwinnett. They might beat Meadowbrook.

m is an idiot

July 27th, 2009
7:50 am

m- you seem to have forgotten that one of those “dwarf” SEC teams beat Tech like a rented mule in the Peach Bowl last year. What was the score of that games? Oh yeah 38-3. Way to represent.

reebok

July 27th, 2009
7:52 am

i’m a tech fan, and thus an ACC fan, but north carolina vs. LSU is not a blockbuster…it’s more like a tuneup game for the tigers. if v-tech can’t find a way to beat alabama this year, the SEC is looking at 3-0 in kickoff classics…

ACC

July 27th, 2009
7:55 am

ACC= Another Crappy Conference

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
7:56 am

I wish Clemson, Fla State and VaTech and Miami were in the SEC, because all kidding aside; those guys have my respect; for the past ,if not the present. But they have no shot at the BCS championship unless they go undefeated and no one else does.

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Kiffinisatosser

July 27th, 2009
7:59 am

The SEC rules however Bama is going down hard to Tech. No experience at the QB position will permit Bama to score not more than 1 offensive TD.

The number 2 team in the ACC lost to Vanderbilt last year. Nuff said.

Kiffinisatosser

July 27th, 2009
8:01 am

Why would Clemson have anybody’s respect? They literally have done nothing since the early 80s championship. In fact, according to ESPN and Scout, they are the biggest underachievers in all of college football over the last 20 years….in other words, Clemson is a joke.

Bamafan

July 27th, 2009
8:04 am

To the crazy tech fans get a laugh out of this!
sit.
lay down.
roll over.
play dead.
good dog!!

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
8:04 am

I was born to two S Caro grads, and graduated from UGA, so I have no love for Clemson..but at least they can fill their stadium; have a better tradition than almost all other ACC teams. If they ever had a decent coach, they would be good again.

GaileyisaGod

July 27th, 2009
8:04 am

Come on M. We all know that Tech’s current success has occurred on a foundation built by Chan. Cut the guy a break and be grateful for his good work in taking over a program that was at rock bottom.

Paddy

July 27th, 2009
8:05 am

Miami will be the biggest dissapointment in southern college football this season.

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
8:07 am

I am shocked that one of you anti Dawgs havent jumped on the Jonesboro dog loving story and turned it into a UGA thing. I am truly disappointed at your lack of creativity. Me, I would have been all over that if the dude had been trying to screw an elephant or a gator. :)

Kiffinisatosser

July 27th, 2009
8:07 am

Well, if filling the stadium is the only criterion, then South Carolina probably does a better job of that per win than Climpson. Really, Clemson is living off of increasingly ancient tradition. That emperor has no more clothes.

Semenhole

July 27th, 2009
8:08 am

Miami does not play Southern Football. They belong in a conference with Rutgers and Penn State.

Kiffinisatosser

July 27th, 2009
8:11 am

Slobber, your deep acquaintance with that story is sufficient self-parody for it to remain unspoken by the rest of us.

GaileyisaGod

July 27th, 2009
8:16 am

M, are you saving yourself for marriage?

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
8:16 am

Filling the stadium isnt the only criteria; however only 2 or 3 ACC teams can do it on a regular basis without help from opposing fans. When judging a program, if you went by the current situation alone, then Notre Dame would not be in the Top 40. Tradition means something, no matter how old; because it can be regained. Someone like ,e.g., NC State; they have no good history to work back to. If Clemson moved to the ACC, they would be a TOP 25 team in no time because more good recruits would go there.

UGASlobberknocker

July 27th, 2009
8:19 am

Could one of you really smart Tech fans translate Kiffinisatosser’s last comment. Im trying to decide if Ive been insulted :)

Top Dawg

July 27th, 2009
8:25 am

Re. Miami’s schedule three of those first four games should not be difficult. They are ACC games for crying out loud.

Mikey

July 27th, 2009
8:33 am

Miami, FSU and VT could have came aboard the SEC, but they decided against it and went with the ACC. nuff said.

Gen Neyland

July 27th, 2009
8:36 am

Did Miami find a QB in 2008..?

DawginLex

July 27th, 2009
8:49 am

bowl games don’t count in ACC vs SEC totals in m’s delusional world because it doesn’t fit his spin/loser agenda.

him bragging about that and bragging about GT playing 3 sec teams, of which 2 are vandy and msu is equal to UGA bragging about beating duke, which we would never do.

That’s the difference between a loser program(GT) and a winner program(UGA).

SuperB

July 27th, 2009
8:59 am

Before they are through, the Atlanta Sports Council will have totally undermined the Georgia Tech and Georgia programs– at least from a recruiting standpoint. Bringing in Tennessee, LSU, and Alabama hurts both in-state schools in recruiting. Were I GT and UGA, I’d never, ever play in that damn game or even buy one of those dry chicken sandwiches!

CharlotteGator

July 27th, 2009
9:05 am

I think I’d hold a player in the ACC as a more credible source than anonymous tough guy blog posters.

“We know that we’re representing the ACC in this game,” said rover Kam Chancellor. “We know how competitive the SEC is and that they’ve been whippin’ on the ACC for a while.”

Also, I thought it was discussed at length in a previous post, but why are the postseason results left out when we’re talking about last year? Has that been definitively answered?

IM4BAMA

July 27th, 2009
9:07 am

You ACC fans that think Florida is the only team in the SEC? You guys don’t know crap. Bama,Ole Miss and LSU are all legit to win the SEC as well and by the way, are all better than the best you’ve got in the ACC.
Don’t believe me? Just watch Bama beat your best in VA TECH in a few weeks. We’ve got a first time starter at QB and a new O-line and will still beat them.

aztec

July 27th, 2009
9:08 am

even lu saban said it is a great advantage for them to play in atlanta for recruiting.

m

July 27th, 2009
9:09 am

I like little boys

aztec

July 27th, 2009
9:11 am

i agree that ga and gt should play the in that early season game at the dome and that way we can get all crap talk over early and get down to some serious football

gcs

July 27th, 2009
9:14 am

How is LSU-North Carolina a “blockbuster”? Are they going to play basketball?

Miles

July 27th, 2009
9:18 am

It’ll be fun for both the teams and fans to travel to Atlanta and play in the Georgia Dome, but LSU will crush the Tar Heels in 2010. Jordan Jefferson will have a huge game.

Too Easy

July 27th, 2009
9:23 am

g and g: don’t forget that your team had to avoid losing to Duke twice in a row not that long ago.

DawginLex

July 27th, 2009
9:26 am

Didn’t hear any of us bragging about it did you? NO, because we expected to win. The kids were happy that they won the game.

Don’t try and justify m’s loser agenda, it just makes you look as dumb as he is.

Sucks to be Tulane.

July 27th, 2009
9:28 am

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Atlanta Gator

July 27th, 2009
9:33 am

I think an LSU-North Carolina SEC-ACC match-up in the Chik-fil-A College Kickoff is a great game for a lot of reasons. First, its a game that rarely happens–these are two teams that have met only 6 times, and not since a home-and-away in 1986. Second, it continues the SEC-ACC series of regional match-ups, which will generate regional if not national interest. Third, it will give a growing UNC program a bigger stage for the future.

One final comment regarding the Chick-fil-A kickoff game’s impact on the UGA and Tech programs . . . . I think the “outsiders exposure to Georgia hurts UGA and Tech recruiting” argument, well, pathetic. The University of Florida plays in a state with two of the other best-known and most successful Division I programs, six bowl games (at last count), the ACC championship, and three NFL teams. Does this exposure of Florida prep football players to outsider programs harm the Gators’ recruiting?

BTW, if you truly believe that the Atlanta kickoff game is intruding on UGA and Tech recruiting, I would think the best way to protect that recruiting base would be to periodically participate in the kickoff game. . . .

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

July 27th, 2009
9:34 am

Does anybody recall the score of the UNC vs. GT game last year? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

Atlanta Gator

July 27th, 2009
9:44 am

Hey, sports fans—-and especially you UGA bloggers! Did anyone else notice that Chip Towers has recently started to write the AJC College Recruiting blog’s daily column several weeks ago? Well, personally, I missed it, but I’m glad to see Chip writing about UGA and SEC sports again. Notwithstanding my own Gator affiliations, I think his UGA sports blog was consistently one of the AJC’s two or three best.

rebel ace

July 27th, 2009
9:47 am

Does anyone recall how last year’s Ole Miss-Florida came out? Ooops, I just remembered. Ole Miss 31, Florida 30. Hotty toddy snotty!

ACC Fan

July 27th, 2009
9:48 am

4 burning questions for the ACC

1) Will Georgia Tech make it to the ACC Championship game?

2) Where is that game & will anybody show up?

3) Will Tech win & make it to the Orange Bowl?

4) Will they play Rutgers or UConn & will anybody show up?

ACC football, catch it!!

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johnny reb

July 27th, 2009
9:55 am

However, Leslie Miles will choke against Butch in ‘2010. Hotty Toddy corndogs!

Atlanta Gator

July 27th, 2009
9:59 am

Rebel ace—-Enjoy the glow, SEC sports fan. Not every college football fan can say his team beat the BCS National Champions! Hotty toddy, indeed. = )