Georgia football to open 2016 season in Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game


We are just a couple of months away from the Spring Game for UGA in 2015 and yet, we got some big news today regarding the schedule for the Dawgs come 2016.

Woot wooot! The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game started back in 2008 and has actually done really well and has been an event most football fans look forward to – it’s even garnered the attention of College Gameday from time to time.

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In two of the past three years, the event has been made into a weekend affair with two games being played, but it appears – at least for the next three years – that they’re going to stick to just a single game. This wont be the first rodeo in the CFA Kickoff Game for either party, as Georgia fell to #5 Boise St. 35-21 in 2011, and UNC lost to LSU the year prior, 30-24.

Some of the matchups are very hit (like that UGA matchup, which brought over 73,500 people to the Dome to kick off 2011) – six of the nine games played have drawn over 70,000 people (the largest attended game was Auburn vs. Clemson in 2012 in front of 75,211. War Damn Eagle, yall) while the event saw a low in attendance when Boise came back last year to lose to Ole Miss, a game played in front of just 32,800 fans.

As for Georgia’s 2016 schedule, aside from the UNC game, they’ll host Nicholls State in Athens the following week, will face Florida on Oct. 29, host Louisiana Lafayette (I’m assuming for homecoming) on Nov. 19 and, of course, will wrap up against Tech.

As for the Chick-Fil-A game matchups in the coming years, they’re really targeting their home base. This coming season will have Auburn come back for a second time to face Bobby Petrino and Louisville (the Cards’ first appearance), then the Georgia/UNC matchup, and then in 2017, Georgia Tech will make their first appearance in the game against Tennessee.

Are you happy UGA will be included in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game? Do you wish they had a different opponent? What part of the 2016 schedule are you looking forward to most? Let us know in a comment below or on twitter @ATLBeatBlog.