ESPN College GameDay plans to open 2017 season with Alabama-Florida State
Alabama vs. Florida State just got a little bit bigger.
ESPN College GameDay announced Wednesday that it will be in Atlanta for what is being billed as the “greatest opener of all-time” by the people in charge of Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Alabama-Florida State will likely be a top-five matchup, and having GameDay there just adds to the already enormous amount of hype.
To open the 2017 season, we are headed to Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/9XEVKmbPzX
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 2, 2017
The weekly show airs from 9 a.m.-noon ET on ESPN and will be broadcasted live from International Plaza, outside of the new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, ahead of what will be the first college football game ever played in the venue. This will mark the fourth time College GameDay has opened the season from Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, with previous appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The Florida State-Alabama Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 2 and be nationally telecast by ABC. The teams have met four times dating back to 1965, with the most recent meeting in 2007 resulting in a 21-14 Seminole win. The Crimson Tide holds a 2-1-1 series advantage over the Seminoles.
This will be Alabama’s fifth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, where the Crimson Tide currently hold a 4-0 record. It will be the first time Florida State has opened the season in Atlanta. Both teams currently have an impressive streak of consecutive season opening wins with Alabama having won its past 15 season openers, while Florida State has won its past six.