It's official: West Virginia will open the 2014 season against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, Ga.
The game is set for Aug. 30, 2014.
Oliver Luck: “Playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is yet another great way to showcase our football program on a national stage. Playing Alabama will match-up two programs with great college football traditions. I have known Nick Saban since my playing days at West Virginia, and I have the utmost respect for him and his program.”
Nick Saban: “I believe that playing an opponent that has the national reputation that West Virginia does, one of the top programs in the country, provides a great challenge for our players and gives us something to look forward to in the offseason. We are privileged at the University of Alabama to be a part of what has become a great tradition in college football with first-class organizations like the
Chick-fil-A Bowl and the City of Atlanta.”
Unless these two teams somehow find a way to meet before then, it will mark the first meeting.
Alabama is 10-8-1 all time against teams from the Big 12.
West Virginia is 24-22-2 all time against teams from the SEC.