The Ole Miss Rebels will play the Louisville Cardinals in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, FBSchedules.com has learned.
A copy of the signed game contract was obtained by FBSchedules.com from the University of Mississippi via an open records request.
The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on one of three dates, which depends on possible changes to the start of the playing season. The possible dates are Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 or Sunday, Sept. 5 2021.
CBS or ESPN/ABC will broadcast the game. Ole Miss has been designated the home team and will wear blue jerseys, and Louisville will be the visitor and will don red jerseys.
Ole Miss will receive a $4,250,000 guarantee for the game and they will be allotted 29,550 tickets (Note: Louisville’s guarantee and ticket allotment was not listed. Details will be added when their version of the contract is obtained).
Provided the two schools don’t meet in a postseason bowl game, the 2021 Chick-fil-A matchup will be the first-ever contest between Ole Miss and Louisville on the gridiron.
Ole Miss has appeared in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game once previously. In that game played in 2014, the Rebels defeated Boise State 35-13 in front of a crowd of 32,823.
Louisville has also played once in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Cardinals fell to Auburn 31-24 before a crowd of 73,927 in 2015.
Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games
- 2017 – Alabama vs. Florida State (Sat., Sept. 2)
- 2017 – Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee (Mon., Sept. 4)
- 2018 – Auburn vs. Washington (Sat., Sept. 1)
- 2019 – Alabama vs. Duke (Sat., Aug. 31)
- 2020 – Florida State vs. West Virginia (Sat., Sept. 5)
- 2020 – Georgia vs. Virginia (Mon., Sept. 7)
- 2021 – Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Aug. 28 or Sept. 4-5)