In 2016, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl hosted its first
College Football Playoff Semifinal in what was the
highest-ranked matchup in the history of the Bowl as
No. 1 Alabama defeated No. 4 Washington 24-7.
“Kickoff Classic” when the NCAA added a permanent 12th
game to the schedule. From there, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff
Game was born, and now holds the title as the nation’s
longest-running kickoff game.
Designed to create bowl-caliber matchups at the start of
the season in a neutral-site setting, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff
Game has become a staple of college football’s opening
weekend, pairing the nation’s top teams in a primetime
nationally televised event. Since its creation in 2008, the
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has established itself as more
than just a football game; it has turned into a landmark
event for the city of Atlanta and college football.
Peach Bowl, Inc. continued to expand its presence in
the college football landscape in 2014 when it assumed
the day-to-day management overseeing the promotion,
marketing and operations of The Dodd Trophy.
Most recently, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl made history
by being selected to join the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Rose
and Sugar Bowls as the hosts for the new College Football
Playoff that began in 2014. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
hosted its first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinal in
2016 and was an instrumental part of the committee that
won the bid to host the College Football Playoff National
Championship in 2018.
This season, the College Football Playoff Semifinal returns
to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, as it will again in 2022 and
This year, the
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Challenge featured 12
teams and distributed
over $800,000 in
Behind the leadership of Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc.
continues to lead the charge to validate Atlanta’s position
as the “Capital of College Football.” As the sport continues
to evolve, Peach Bowl, Inc. will constantly strive to be the
best of the best and the innovators of the bowl business.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the inaugural Chick-fil-A Kickoff
Game in 2008, when No. 24 Alabama routed No. 9 Clemson 34-10.
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