Miami Hurricanes To Face Alabama In 2021 Season Opener

Alabama vs. Miami announced as 2021 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game

It will mark the first meeting between the two programs since then No. 2 Crimson Tide defeated the top-ranked Hurricanes in the 1993 Sugar Bowl.

2021 will be Miami's first-ever appearance in the annual kickoff contest and will be its first trip back to Atlanta since the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against LSU.

"We are excited to kick off the 2021 season against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game", Miami head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. Making that game all the more historic, it snapped Miami's 29-game winning streak and hoisted the Tide to its first championship since 1979.

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An exact date and kickoff time are still to be determined. The 2021 game will be Alabama's record seventh appearance. The game debuted in 2008 and has been played every season since with two such matchups being played in 2012, '14 and '17.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said he was pleased to get another chance to play in the game.

Officials in Atlanta made the announcement on Tuesday, continuing the trend of matching teams from the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference. "Our team and our fans have always enjoyed playing in Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a fantastic competitive environment". Though these two programs could look totally different when they meet in 2021, it should be an incredible matchup Week 1 nonetheless.

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The game averages 68,887 - higher than the attendance of 38 bowl games last year - and has an average total team payout of $5.18 million which is higher than 27 bowl games last year. Eastern Time. On the other hand, Miami will head on the road to battle Arkansas State at 3:30 p.m.

The Tuscaloosa News previous reported that UA was in negotiations to play Miami in its 2021 season opener.

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