A long rumored matchup for the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff is finally official. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Tennessee Volunteers will meet on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 (Labor Day).
Last month, it was announced that the Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Florida State Seminoles. That game will be the first of the two matchups and is set for Saturday, Sept. 2.
Both games will be played at the New Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia and both will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Georgia Tech and Tennessee have met 43 times, but not since a 1987 matchup in Knoxville. The Volunteers lead the overall series 24-17-2.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to play in one of the first games at the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium,” said Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech head football coach. “Playing an SEC team like Tennessee in the non-conference is important for us and we’re grateful for the opportunity to play them in our backyard.”
“We are looking forward to and are very excited to open the 2017 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta,” said Butch Jones, Tennessee head football coach. “It will be a great opportunity for our program to play in a new state-of-the-art facility while playing on a national stage. The state of Georgia is very important to us in recruiting footprint, and that coupled with our alumni base and passionate fans, will make for a very exciting experience.”
The addition of the neutral-site game tentatively completes the 2017 non-conference schedule for Tennessee. The Volunteers are also scheduled to host Southern Miss (Sept. 16), Indiana State (Sept. 23), and UMass (Nov. 4).
Georgia Tech now has three non-conference games slated for the 2017 season. The Yellow Jackets are also set to visit UCF (Sept. 16) and host in-state rival Georgia (Nov. 25).
Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games
- 2015 – Auburn vs. Louisville
- 2016 – Georgia vs. North Carolina
- 2017 – Alabama vs. Florida State (Sat.)
- 2017 – Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee (Mon.)