Miami Hurricanes to face Alabama in 2021 Atlanta kickoff

Beth Cruz
September 6, 2017

This 2021 matchup will also be the 13th time an ACC and SEC opponent square off in the 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", said Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban.

The Crimson Tide just won its first game of the 2017 season, but already there are plans being made for a game four years into the future. The Crimson Tide have gotten off to a 1-0 start this season after dismantling Florida State in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game last Saturday.

Alabama and Miami have played 17 previous times, and the Crimson Tide hold a 14-3 advantage in the series.

Three days after its latest appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Alabama secured its next such opportunity to play in college football's premier season-opening showdown.

This will mark the first meeting between the schools since the 1992 national championship game.

"This event always has the feel of a bowl game", Alabama coach Nick Saban said in the statement. Alabama defeated the Hurricanes 34-13 in the January 1, 1993 Sugar Bowl to finish an undefeated run to the title.

The date and time for the kickoff game has not been set.

It will be Miami's first appearance in the game.

What are you most looking forward to seeing in this matchup between the two programs?

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

Miami and Alabama, who last played with national titles on the line, will open the 2021 season. Both teams have great tradition. Miami will open 2018 with the LSU Tigers in Arlington, Texas, and 2019 with the Florida Gators in Orlando's Camping World Stadium.

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