100 Days of SEC Dominance: Day 70 – The Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic
Since its inception in 2008, 5 of the 6 games played in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic have pitted the ACC and SEC against each other. In all of those games involving ranked teams (I guess we count the Tennessee/N.C. State Friday night ticklefest from last year?), the ACC has boasted the higher-ranking one all but once.
2008: #25 Alabama 34, #9 Clemson 10. Clemson was the great speculative hope for the ACC to end its eight-year national title drought. That lasted all of about 30 minutes (real time) as Alabama roared to leads of 13-0 after 1 and 23-3 at halftime en route to their return to prominence and reinforcement of SEC dominance.
2009: #5 Alabama 34, #7 Virginia Tech 24. Another ACC favorite, Virginia Tech actually gave the Tide a pretty good game. Mark Ingram started his Heisman campaign, Bama won the first of three recent national titles. VT recovered and finished 10th in the final polls, because ACC.
2010: #21 LSU 30, #18 North Carolina 24. This one carries an asterisk, as UNC was without 13 players, 10 of whom were starters, 3 of whom were drafted in the first or second round, and 3 more who were all-ACC the year before.
It also ended on the blatant pass interference you see below. YouTube title is quite misleading.
2011: Georgia/Boise. Does not apply.
2012: Unique for two reasons: two games, and both games featured both teams wearing their home jerseys, which was an absolute eyesore.
Tennessee 35, N.C. State 21. OTHER TEAMS TENNESSEE BEAT LAST YEAR: Georgia State, Akron, Kentucky. N.C. State beat the ACC champs. Yikes.
Even worse though, #14 Clemson 26, Auburn 19. This game was tied going into the fourth quarter. This. Game. Was. Tied. Going. Into. The. Fourth. Quarter.
Giving you the business,