Miami Hurricanes, Alabama Crimson Tide to open 2021 season

Rosalie Stanley
September 6, 2017

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to open another season in Atlanta for the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game". "Our team and our fans have always enjoyed playing in Atlanta, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a fantastic competitive environment". In fact, the Crimson Tide will play Duke in 2019 - although the Blue Devils aren't exactly an elite opponent.

This will be Miami's first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearance and the ninth for the ACC.

Alabama has decisive 14 to three edge all-time against Miami. The Miami Hurricanes and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet in Atlanta to kick off the 2021 season. 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.

The date and time of the game have yet to be announced.

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. Alabama defeated the Hurricanes 34-13 in the January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl to finish an undefeated run to the title.

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The Crimson Tide (1-0) is the top-ranked team in both The Associated Press and USA Today coaches Top 25 polls released Tuesday, receiving 60 first-place votes in each poll. "We are looking forward to the battle".

The 2021 game will mark Miami's first appearance in the event.

The teams will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football's newest rivalry-style icons.

Last month a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel that the two schools were in talks to play each other, with the 2021 season opener a possibility. That follows with a 2019 matchup with the Florida Gators at Camping World Stadium.

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