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May 15, 2012

Auburn-Clemson showdown in Kickoff Classic set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

The start of Auburn’s 2012 football season now has a time and a network in addition to a date and a place.

Auburn and Clemson will kick off the 2012 season at 7 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 in the Georgia Dome, a possible matchup of preseason Top-25 teams that has attracted the attention of the big networks and will air on ESPN.

“Over these incredible 48 hours, all eyes will be on Atlanta as we open the season like never before with our first-ever double hosting of Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “This will be an epic showcase of these four great teams and their fans to a national audience on ESPN and ESPNU.”

North Carolina State and Tennessee will play the first game of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 31 and be broadcast on ESPNU.

All tickets to Auburn’s season opener are being sold through the university ticket office.

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  1. JE, how about a little top five sleeper players for the year and/or a top 10 breakout/key players or something similiar. You write ‘em, I’ll definitely read ‘em, lol.

    Also, in a couple of your earlier breakdowns (nice work by the way) a couple of bloggers felt like DE Craig Sanders was hopelessly buried on the depth chart or some other nonsense. In the A-day game every big play the 1st team had in the 1st half Sanders was playing strong side end. Don’t worry. He’ll be a key cog in a deep, hungry defensive line rotation this season.


    Comment by AUsome10 — May 16, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  2. …..It’s going to be crowded at defensive end this fall, if everyone gets healthy. They are using Dee Ford on the strong side, and Nosa Eguae is the incumbent starter. On the rush end side, Corey Lemonier starts, and LaDarius Owens is the likely number two. Owens and Sanders played much of A-Day, on opposite sides of the line, and I thought Owens had a much better day.

    Comment by Acid Reign — May 17, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  3. For what it’s worth, there is no more designation between power end and rush end. In VanGorder’s defense, both ends are the same, interchangeable, and there will be no more switching sides. Both Lemonier and Ford will line up over the tight end.

    Comment by JErickson — May 18, 2012 @ 11:17 am

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