Auburn and Washington to play in 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta

By Kevin Kelley -

The Auburn Tigers and the Washington Huskies will meet in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, both schools announced on Thursday.

The game will mark the first meeting between Auburn and Washington and it will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game for a third time,” Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn said. “Auburn has a great fan base in Atlanta and we’ve always had a big number of Georgia kids in our program. We appreciate the partnership we’ve had over the years with the great people at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.”

Auburn’s previous appearances in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game came back in 2012 (lost to Clemson 26-19) and in 2015 (beat Louisville 31-24). Washington will be the first Pac-12 team to make an appearance in the game.

“We are excited to compete in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta,” UW head coach Chris Petersen said. “I know our team will look forward to competing against a great program in what will surely be a thrilling atmosphere inside the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.”

In order to play in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Washington Huskies had to adjust their non-conference schedule. Their season-opener, previously a home game vs. North Dakota, was pushed back one week to Sept. 8.

A home game vs. Nevada, previously scheduled for Sept. 8, has been postponed to a future season. Washington’s third and final non-conference game, which was unchanged, is a trip to face BYU on Sept. 29.

Auburn now has three non-conference games announced for the 2018 season. The Tigers are also slated to host Southern Miss on Sept. 29 and Alabama State on Nov. 17.

Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games

  • 2017 – Alabama vs. Florida State (Sat., Sept. 2)
  • 2017 – Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (Mon., Sept. 4)
  • 2018 – Auburn vs. Washington (Sat., Sept. 1)
  • 2020 – Florida State vs. West Virginia (Sat., Sept. 5)*
  • 2020 – Georgia vs. Virginia (Mon., Sept. 7)*

* Tentative until officially announced.

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Comments (8)

Guess Washington already foresaw needing to up future schedules that the CFP just held against them.

They already had Michigan scheduled for 2020 and 2021 and they couldn’t foresee the dumpster fire Rutgers has become eight years ago when they scheduled the series.

More like striking while the iron is hot.

Hey, it is better than two Sun Belt teams and an FCS in late November.

Agreed! Striking while the iron is hot, now that Washington has a good team they are being asked to play in an neutral site game of course against an SEC team as usual. Washington had & has their fair share of smaller teams to play, they will not miss out.

Just another case of the SEC scheduling a win out-of-conference.

Seriously, the SEC needs to play tougher competition… Playing Pac-12 and Big Ten teams are just wins… they need more competition, like perhaps the NFC South.