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It’s been a busy news week for the South Carolina Gamecocks and amidst coaching hires and recruitment announcements. The school also announced that it will face Virginia Tech in the 2025 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

The two teams will face off for the first time in 34 years with the game set to be played either Sunday, Aug. 31 or Monday, Sept. 1, 2025 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be televised by either ABC or ESPN. An exact date and kick time will be finalized at a later date. 

From the Front Office

“I appreciate Gary Stokan and Peach Bowl, Inc. for making this awesome opportunity available to us,” new South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer said in a press release issued by kickoff officials. “Any time you open a season in a premier event like the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against a quality opponent like Virginia Tech, it’s exciting for our players, staff and fans and helps in our recruiting efforts. Having been part of this game before, I know it’s run in a first-class manner and we’re happy to be a part of it.”

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner echoed these sentiments.

“We are excited to open our 2025 season against Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” he said. “It will give our program an opportunity to play in one of the best early season showcases in college football. I know our fans will enjoy this classic non-conference contest in a first-class stadium as we compete for ‘The Old Leather Helmet’ trophy.”

Past and Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Match-ups

Year:     Match-Up:                                                                   Winner:             

2008      (9) Clemson vs. (24) Alabama                                  Alabama, 34-10

2009      (5) Alabama vs. (7) Virginia Tech                             Alabama, 34-24

2010      (16) LSU vs. (18) North Carolina                              LSU, 30-24

2011      (5) Boise State vs. (19) Georgia                               Boise State, 35-21

2012      (25) N.C. State vs. Tennessee                                  Tennessee, 35-21

2012      (14) Clemson vs. (24) Auburn                                  Clemson, 26-19

2013     (1) Alabama vs. Virginia Tech                                   Alabama, 35-10

2014      (18) Ole Miss vs. Boise State                                    Ole Miss, 35-13

2014      (2) Alabama vs. West Virginia                                  Alabama, 33-23

2015      (25) Louisville vs. (6) Auburn                                    Auburn, 31-24

2016     (18) Georgia vs. (22) North Carolina                       Georgia, 33-24

2017      (3) Florida State vs. (1) Alabama                             Alabama, 24-7

2017      (25) Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech                             Tennessee, 42-41 (2 OT)

2018      (6) Washington vs. (9) Auburn                                Auburn, 21-16

2019      (2) Alabama vs. Duke                                                 Alabama, 42-3

2021      Alabama vs. Miami

2021      Louisville vs. Ole Miss

2022      Oregon vs. Georgia

2022      Clemson vs. Georgia Tech

2023      Louisville vs. Georgia Tech

2024      Georgia vs. Clemson

2025      Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina