Alabama & Virginia Tech Will Reportedly Be In 2013 Kickoff Game in Atlanta

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According to reports from the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia, Alabama and Virginia Tech will be kicking off the 2013 season opener against one another. This will be a rematch of the 2009 season-opener that Alabama won 34-24.

The report states that the game will be the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game that will open the season in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

The announcement will come soon according to Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver, however official word will come from the organizers of the Kickoff game.

Coach Nick Saban seems to love these intriguing early match-ups of a non-cupcake non-conference team early on in the season. It really goes on to prove the metal of his teams to go through an early fire. This year, the best we could do was the second game verses Penn State, but next year Alabama will start the 2012 season out against Michigan in Dallas, TX. (It could be debated on whether Michigan is now a cupcake, however.... thanks to Rich. Rod!)

I am pumped to get the opportunity to open the 2013 season against one of the best in the business in Frank Beamer and I am sure that Coach Saban also relishes the opportunity to play the stiff competition early on in from of the nation's spotlight. It really ends up paying big dividends in terms of recruiting and national exposure. Not only that, a win can vault Bama higher in the rankings early on & a loss can be made up over a long season. It is really a good way to start the season.

ROLL TIDE!

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