Georgia Bulldogs, North Carolina Tar Heels to play in 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff


The Georgia Bulldogs will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in 2016, against ACC opponent North Carolina.

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The Chick-fil-A Kick0ff game has become one of the best early season games of the college football season over the past few years, and in 2016 the Georgia Bulldogs will get their chance to shine, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Bulldogs will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the game which marks the unofficial beginning to the college football season on Sept. 3, 2016.  Kickoff time has not yet been announced.

Georgia last played in CFA Kickoff in 2011, when they were badly beaten by the highly-ranked Boise State Broncos.

The Bulldogs and Tar Heels have met 23 times in their history, with Georgia holding a 15-6-2 advantage in the series. The last meeting between the two was in 1971. North Carolina has been an up and coming team in the ACC, and will no doubt pose a good early season challenge for the Dawgs.

Under head coach Larry Fedora, the Tar Heels have set new school records, particularly on offense. Fedora recently hired former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik as his new defensive coordinator. North Carolina is 21-17 in three years under Fedora.

Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., told the AJC, “As I’ve talked to Greg [McGarity], he has always said ‘when can we play in this game?’ It seems to make sense to him and Mark Richt to play in it every four or five years. They’ve talked about it internally and decided it’s something they’d like to look into doing.”

This will fill up an available non-conference spot for the Bulldogs in 2016, who already have Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Nicholls State on their schedule.

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