The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Tennessee Volunteers are close to completing an agreement to play in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, according to reports.
Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski told the AJC last night that they have had “positive discussions” with Gary Stokan, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl President.
Last month, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson hinted at the possible matchup.
“I’ve heard through the grapevine there may be some talks about opening the season here in the Falcons’ new stadium in ’17 with Tennessee,” Johnson said.
According to the AJC, the Georgia Tech-Tennessee game would take place on Monday (Labor Day) and could be one of three matchups that season. Other games would likely be played on Thursday and Saturday.
The game would also be played in the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, which is slated to open in time for the 2017 season. Ground was broken on the $1.2 billion stadium in May.
Currently, Georgia Tech already has two non-conference games set against SEC teams in 2017 — at Ole Miss on Sept. 9 and home vs. Georgia on Nov. 25.
Tennessee is slated to open the 2017 season at home vs. Southern Miss on Sept. 2. That game would likely be postponed or bought out. The Vols are also scheduled to host Indiana State on Sept. 23 and play at Memphis on a date to be determined.
Tennessee and Georgia Tech have met a total of 43 times dating back to 1902. The Volunteers lead the series 24-17-2.
This season, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff features two games. Boise State and Ole Miss meet on Thursday night, followed by Alabama and West Virginia on Saturday.