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Alabama football: Tide, Miami to meet in Atlanta in 2021

September 5, 2017

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama and Miami are meeting again.

The two storied college football powerhouses will play in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, it was announced Tuesday, setting the first meeting between the schools in 28 seasons and pitting former Southeastern Conference foes Nick Saban and Mark Richt against one another again.

“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,” Saban was quoted as saying in a news release. “This event always has the feel of a bowl game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl staff has made it a first-class event. We have a lot of respect for Coach Richt and the Miami program, and we look forward to a great game in 2021.”

Alabama is 14-3 all-time against the Hurricanes. The last meeting was the Tide’s 34-13, national championship win in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1993, which gave Alabama its first national championship since 1979.

The game is Alabama’s seventh appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. Its fifth was Saturday — a 24-7 win against No. 3 Florida State — and the sixth comes in 2019 when the Tide faces Duke in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“We look forward to returning to Atlanta for what will be Alabama’s seventh appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne said in a statement. “As we experienced last weekend, the city of Atlanta coupled with the atmosphere of Mercedes-Benz Stadium makes for an incredible bowl-like event for both teams and fans, and we are honored to be a part of it.”

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