One of the most anticipated college football games of the season has officially sold out almost two months before kickoff, according to a press release from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Alabama will play Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, a must-win for both programs. Gary Stokan is the CEO and president of Peach Bowl, Incorporated, and says the game is the toughest he has seen in his 20-year involvement in college football.
“We’re calling this game the Greatest Opener of All Time, because of the projected rankings, the dominance of these two programs” Stokan said. “To possibly have No. 1 against No. 2 in the first game of the season is a credit to the programs that Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher have built and their willingness to play this game shows their desire to compete at the highest level.”
The Florida State-Alabama Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will kick off at 7 p.m. CT, Saturday, Sept. 2. The contest will be the first college game played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The teams have met four times dating back to 1965, with the most recent meeting in 2007 resulting in a 21-14 Seminole win. The Crimson Tide holds a 2-1-1 series advantage over the Seminoles. Together, FSU and Alabama hold five of college football’s last eight national championships.
This will be Alabama’s fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, where the Crimson Tide currently holds a 4-0 record. It will be the first time Florida State has opened the season in Atlanta. Both teams currently have an impressive streak of consecutive season opening wins with Alabama having won its past 15 season openers, while Florida State has won its past six.