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Jul
16
2017

@CFAPeachBowl #CFAKickoff games with nearby schools as Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens is a big win for ACC and SEC.

When it comes to neutral site college football games, the #CFAKickoff games hosted are the standard. Often sold out, with good ratings these are showcase college football games. Starting in 2008 with Alabama and Clemson, the Kickoff games have or will feature an ACC or SEC team in all 17 games from 2008 to 2020. 12 of the games have been ACC vs SEC matchups.

This year I think the @CFAPeachBowl should get some praise for opening the brand new Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta with ACC and SEC teams. The first game ever played in the stadium will be Alabama vs Florida State.

The second game every will be two days later and will feature the hometown Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Tennessee Volunteers.

Alabama vs Florida State is sold out, and Georgia Tech vs Tennessee is on it’s way to being sold out too. Alabama vs Florida State speaks for itself in terms of the magnitude of the game, but I really like how the @CFAPeachBowl  reached out to the hometown Yellow Jackets to be included as part of this opening weekend of football.  Tennessee isn’t far away and that game renews an old SEC rivalry between two teams coming off 9 win seasons.

The @CFAPeachBowl has made a commitment to support the hometown and regional fanbases. I think they should be commended for this. They could have easily went for a USC vs Michigan game or  Wisconsin vs Ohio State. No one could argue if ChickFilA tried to further their brand, but there’s something about remembering where your roots are, and where your core support comes from. 

 I’m glad to see the @CFAPeachBowl schedule these two  games.

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