Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game still seeking a match for Georgia

There’s mutual interest between the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and Georgia about the Bulldogs playing a season-opening football game in Atlanta at some point. But no specific year or opponent has been targeted to make it happen.

“We still have a great level of interest in trying to put Georgia in that Kickoff weekend, and also Georgia Tech,” Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO Gary Stokan said Monday. “Both [Georgia AD] Damon [Evans] and [Tech AD] Dan Radakovich would like to play in the game, and we’re just trying to continue to work to get a matchup that works for both of them.  Obviously not against each other — we’ve  already tried that.”

Evans last year rejected a proposal to play the 2011 Georgia-Georgia Tech game at the start of the season in the Georgia Dome. But Evans said a couple of months ago that he wants the Bulldogs to open a season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at some point against a non-conference opponent that doesn’t typically appear on the Bulldogs’ schedule.

Stokan is kicking around the idea of adding a second Kickoff Game in 2012, perhaps pairing a Thursday game with a Saturday game. N.C. State and Tennessee already are committed to meet in one 2012 game, and Stokan recently expressed interest in an Alabama-Miami matchup for the other. However, he said Monday that pairing now appears unlikely.

“I think Miami ultimately is going to do a deal with Notre Dame for ‘12 in Chicago,” he said. That would take Miami out of the picture for a ‘12 game in the Georgia Dome, he said.

What about UGA in 2012? That’s not in the offing, either.

“It looks like it probably will be after ‘12 for us to get Georgia or Georgia Tech in the game,” Stokan said.

Georgia has said it would only consider playing a non-conference game at a neutral site if it has six other games in Athens that particular season. And with a game at Louisville already on the 2012 schedule, Georgia isn’t looking to add another BCS-caliber non-conference opponent that season.

Alabama coach Nick Saban has said he’s interested in a 2012 neutral-site game in Atlanta or Dallas against any of several possible opponents.

187 comments Add your comment

whaaaa?

May 18th, 2010
11:06 am

bkbroila4224

May 18th, 2010
11:07 am

we need clemson as a usual opponent again!!!!

whaaaa?

May 18th, 2010
11:08 am

UGA vs. WVU in the dome….rematch

sogadog

May 18th, 2010
11:09 am

A Clemson UGA season opening matchup in the dome would be interesting, but only if UGA does not give up a home game in Sanford Stadium. I would also like to see other venues such as New Orleans sponser season opening matchup games. I would rather travel to NO than Atlanta.

Dawglasville

May 18th, 2010
11:09 am

Clemson, Clemson, Clemson…

DAWG ON IT

May 18th, 2010
11:10 am

COME ON DAMON GET WITH IT

whaaaa?

May 18th, 2010
11:11 am

doesnt UGA already play Clemson next year?

Pat Dooley with the Gainesville Sun

May 18th, 2010
11:14 am

Tim, I can’t use any of this drivel in my article tomorrow. What’s going on? Are you the Florida Gator beat writer for the AJC or not?

NorthGADawg

May 18th, 2010
11:15 am

if there isnt a team from georgia playing in this sucker i dont believe it deserves to be in atlanta.

kevin

May 18th, 2010
11:16 am

agreed, get Clemson

DirtyDawg

May 18th, 2010
11:20 am

Since is may be a while before Tennessee is ‘ready’ to take on USC – the California one, then I say Georgia ought to do it. Assuming the Trojans and Kiffin aren’t on probation and banned from TV and assuming this game isn’t considered a ‘bowl-type’ game by the NCAA from which they may also be banned, then dammit, let’’s do it. Somebody down here needs to ‘have a go’ at that SOB and if there’s a God we’ll beat him by 50…and if God’s not paying attention, we’ll settle for 30.

Otto

May 18th, 2010
11:20 am

Clemson, why give them a door to recruit the state of Georgia?

Clemson’s last ACC title was in ‘91 just as the series with UGA was going on longer and longer hiatus.

Clemson profits more from playing in the Dome than, UGA bring in someone from outside the Southeast if the game must be played.

Favors and Evans should be trying their hardest to get the Kick Off Classic moved from Atlanta.

Otto

May 18th, 2010
11:22 am

Not Favors but Radakovich – I had 2 conversations going.

cajdawg

May 18th, 2010
11:24 am

Stop it with Clemson. We are bigger and better than that.

Captain

May 18th, 2010
11:25 am

Is Gary Stokan also seeking land for Ala’s Atlanta campus, or is the Georgia Dome soon to be renamed the “Roll Tide Dome”? Stokan is obviously a mental midget who is captivated by Nick Saban.

Hey Gary, why not get out of the ACC vs SEC mode, find a Big 10, Big 12 or Pac 10 opponent to play Georgia. Forget Clemson, no advantage in playing them. Have you considered Boise St on a Thursday night? Get your head out of Saban’s butt and TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT for God’s sakes.

kauai dawg

May 18th, 2010
11:25 am

Clemson or Florida State or West Virginia all would be nice. Like the idea of the kick off weekend and maybe a Thursday game if not the Saturday one.

Go DAWGS! 30-24

matt r

May 18th, 2010
11:29 am

I like the Chick-fil-A kickoff, it is like an old school bowl… politicking to get two power teams and fan bases that will travel well, no conference restrictions. Makes me wish all the bowls were played at the beginning of the season (and then playoffs at the end of the season :) )

ColumbiaDawg

May 18th, 2010
11:31 am

I don’t see how Georgia will be able to schedule a game at the Dome as long as Damon Evans insists on playing home and home series against schools like Louisville, Oregon, and Clemson. It’s just not feasible.

If it were up to me, I’d say do away with those home and home games and play at least one game at the Georgia Dome a year so long as Georgia does not have to play less than six games at Sanford. It’d give the Dawgs a stronger foothold in Atlanta and keep rival SEC schools out.

doggy dog world

May 18th, 2010
11:34 am

USC,TEXAS,OHIO STATE, PENN STATE, OREGON, etc. To be the best you gotta beat the best…

11Dawg

May 18th, 2010
11:39 am

We’re already playing Clemson in 2013 and 2014. Let’s get someone more exciting.

VA DAWG

May 18th, 2010
11:40 am

Go Big or Go Home….Penn State, Michigan, Texas, Nebraska or Ohio State. OSU already takes some recruits out of GA, so lets smack them in the mouth and show these recruits that they should stay in-state. GO DAWGS!

VA DAWG

May 18th, 2010
11:43 am

By the way, I think we should drop Louisville in favor of the kickoff match-up. Add GA Southern in-place of the Louisville home game. Also, Oklahoma would be a worthy opponent.

trash can

May 18th, 2010
11:44 am

omg, UGAY needs to play Clemson now, I think they are scared. It would be a sold out knock down drag out…

yeah whatever

May 18th, 2010
11:47 am

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Willie Humper

May 18th, 2010
11:52 am

UGA vs Texas, or Oklahoma or Miami or Nebraska or Penn State or Ohio State. A game that would garner national attention. We need to quit thinking about the little teams like Clemson and Va Tech. If we’re going to be a big fish we gotta swim in the deep water.

WonderDawg

May 18th, 2010
11:53 am

So, DirtyDawg, the Kiffins held our offense to two FGs and beat the pants off us with a below-average UT team last year, and now you want to jump on them at USC? This, after ridiculing UGA as the easiest team on UT’s schedule to prepare for?

Let’s just wait til Richt gets an OC who makes opposing DCs worry about going up against.

Jeremy Fowler

May 18th, 2010
11:54 am

This article isn’t about the Florida Gators. What gives, Tim?

Otto

May 18th, 2010
11:56 am

Stokan is a businessman. Bama brings fans, TV ratings, and with that money. B’ham to Atlanta is not a bad drive.

Bama gets on National TV for a boost in rankings, recruiting, and a nice paycheck.

The partnership is a no brainer. I’m just surprised Auburn and UT are not talked about more.

yeah whatever

May 18th, 2010
12:00 pm

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

He was born the same year as Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29).\\yeah he is pretty damn good

Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons

Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.

Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.

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SO TO BE THE BEST THEY HAVE TO BEAT RICHT

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Preston

May 18th, 2010
12:02 pm

bkb, we tried that (Clemson) a few years ago and we killed them both years. It’s not like the good ol’ days when it came down to a last second field goal. UGA needs to stick to what they’re doing now. The SEC schedule is tough enough and I like playing one exciting non conference opponent as well as tech but a few cupcakes is necessary too. Everyone else schedules a couple of cupcakes so we should too. Nothing wrong with a couple of confidence boosters throughout the season. It’s been proven not to hurt your chances of getting to the NCG. My God, look at ohio state! If UGA played in the big 10, we’d play for the title every year!

Preston

May 18th, 2010
12:05 pm

yeah, thanks for letting us know that CMR was born the same year as Chuck D. We can all rest assured that he’s the best now because of that. LOL!

yeah whatever

May 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

Preston….its called adding levity (remarks or behavior intended to be amusing, especially when they are out of keeping with a serious occasion)

Preston

May 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

Willie Humper, UGA will get their shot at the teams that you mentioned in bowl season. The SEC schedule is too tough to be taking on those guys early in the season. I’m not saying that we’re scared of anyone because we definitely aren’t, but from a strategical standpoint we need to concentrate on winning the SEC and beating tech and a few cupcakes to get to the other big dogs of college football in January. It’s worked well for everyone else so why make it harder on us?

Preston

May 18th, 2010
12:10 pm

yeah, I know. I love it. There was no sarcasm intended my friend!

DaveDawg

May 18th, 2010
12:11 pm

Three rivers jacket

May 18th, 2010
12:16 pm

Georgia needs to play in the Dome against a big team. Contrary to what DAWG FANSTHINK THEY ARE NOT LOOKED AT AS BIG TIME. tHEY NEED TO PLAY SOME BIG BOYS TO GET THERE. I DO NOT THINK THAT BEING IN THE SEC IS ENOUGH. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE FANS WOULD LEAVE THE PLACE TRASHED AS THEY ARE NOT BIG TIME FOR SURE.

DAWG258

May 18th, 2010
12:18 pm

UGA vs VT would be very nice!!

Hilarious

May 18th, 2010
12:22 pm

“Stop it with Clemson. We are bigger and better than that.”

Congrats, again, on your “bigger and better” bowl game in Shreveport this year.

Clemson and Georgia should play annually, period. It’s one of the better rivalries in the Southeast that simply disappeared when the schools got too greedy about home game revenue. Scheduling Georgia Southern and Furman does not make for happy fans. Either let the teams share home-and-home games, or have the game at a neutral venue annually and let the schools split the pot.

ratherBgambling

May 18th, 2010
12:25 pm

UGA v WHO GIVES A …………………!

………………………41
UGA 10

Spike

May 18th, 2010
12:26 pm

Let’s do it. FSU or Clemson.

Boca Baby

May 18th, 2010
12:26 pm

bkbroila4224: I do not know if you remember but when UGA played Clemson on a regular basis it opened up the state of Georgia for them to come in a wreak havoc on recruiting in this state and used the then annual UGA-Clemson as a lure. It is only when the series broke off did Clemson’s program go in the tank. And they do not have near the success recruiting Georgia as they did. My opinion? Let sleeping dogs lie. Forget Clemson, they need UGA. UGA does not need Clemson. UGA has nothing to win and everything to lose by resuming the series.

East Atlanta

May 18th, 2010
12:29 pm

Hey dummies that have said “They should play this game in New Orleans” or “Yeah, WVU or Southern Cal!”…are you that stupid? Do you watch college football? This game, the CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME, is in Atlanta. CHICK-FIL-A, the sponsor, is an Atlanta-based fast food restaurant. They might have one at the mall near you. It’s delicious. You’re welcome. The game is a partnership between the ACC and the SEC, so unless either conference expands, WVU, Penn State, Southern Cal, Texas, etc. are specifically excluded from participating in the game.

Try to keep up.

osama

May 18th, 2010
12:29 pm

FSU, Miami, Texas, Ohio St, Penn St, Oklahoma, USC Trojans, Boise St, or Oregon would b great teams to begin and/or end the season w/.

Boca Baby

May 18th, 2010
12:30 pm

And for all you Clemson fans who want to say that UGA is just scared to play the Tigers again, may I remind you that the Dawgs have kicked Clemson’s butt the last four or five times they played. Not even close.

yeah whatever

May 18th, 2010
12:31 pm

Today we look at you Guy:

Strengths:
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Excessive confidence in his own powers of intellect and self importance. This narcissitic personality enables him to feel superior enough to everyone else which allows him to arrogantly sit in judgement on other bloggers and do so in such a way as to make people actually think he was asked for his opinion.
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Weakness:
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Essentially the same thing. As a narcissitic individual he natually thinks his opinion is superior then everyone elses and he should therefore sit in judgement over his peers. This leads to the ultimate fallaciy that he is totally unaware that no one really cares what he thinks of our fellow bloggers or UGA. This is to be expected because being lost in ones own little world, like his obviously is, and surviving on the idea that he has some magical intellectual superiority over the general CFB bloggers is a hallmark of a true Narcissitic Personality Disorder.

yeah whatever

May 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

OOPS WRONG BLOG…NO “GUY” HERE LOL

osama

May 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

@ East Atlanta:

Maybe CHICK-FIL-A is trying to expand their brand. Can u imagine them being all up & down both coasts?

Just my opinion, but with all the chicken the world consumes I think they should be extinct by now.

Jimmy

May 18th, 2010
12:34 pm

What do me, Patrick, and Coach Mark Richt have in common??

None of us have come close to winning a NC. LOL

Boca Baby

May 18th, 2010
12:35 pm

Osama: In case you have not noticed Chick-fil-A is up and down both coasts.