By War Eagle Atlanta /firstname.lastname@example.org on August 28, 2012
I don’t know about you, but Auburn’s long awaited meeting in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game with Clemson seems very anti-climactic. First, I’m none too pleased to share the Chicken spotlight with North Carolina State and Tennessee actually opening up the weekend in Atlanta Friday night. We finally get into this game four years later and we’re preempted by these guys? Rumor has it that the Atlanta Sports Council originally made an extra game available during the scheduling in 2010 because of a possibility of also landing an Alabama and Miami rematch of their 1993 Sugar Bowl game, but it didn’t materialize.
Strange that game didn’t happen–it must have been Miami’s fault considering that Alabama stepped up by being the first two SEC teams in this Kickoff match, destroying Clemson, another repeat offender, in 2008 and then by downing Virginia Tech in 2009. Looks like the future schedule of games in Atlanta has the Tide penciled in a few more times. Besides, they get to take a quick breather from Atlanta this season by packing their road show to Jerry World and have a Top 10 matchup in Dallas this weekend with Michigan coming in for the Cowboys Classic. How’s that for stealing a little of our thunder as well?
I think there could be a serious risk of preseason virtual bowl game fatigue if they keep up the double-scheduling in Atlanta and if competitiors continue to spring up. This year should be the bellweather. With the end of year Chick-fil-A Bowl still pairing SEC and ACC teams, I understand the Kickoff perhaps wanting to up the rankings of the matched teams and continue to build hype for the contest.
Many think that Atlanta is out of the running for the time being for the bidding of the new bowl game being proposed in 2015 for the champs of the SEC and the Big 12, and that may be true, but the race is long and the prohibitive favorites New Orleans and Dallas may tire of the game once they land it. The prime reason would be that for at least the SEC, their champion and/or their next best team might have already qualified for the new playoff and be unavailable. Would the new bowl still have the drawing power to bring bride’s maids fans as far west as Dallas? Only time would tell.
My thoughts for the continued success of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game? Spread the participants around. It probably doesn’t help variety that Auburn starts the 2012 season in a dome where they ended the 2011 one. Maybe Clemson would have been made to wait a while longer since they got destroyed their last outing in this contest. Oh, you thought I was mentioning the Orange Bowl. No, but speaking of orange bowls, you can bet you’ll see your fair share of that color on Saturday.