Wolfpack to face Vols in 2012 opener

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ATLANTA (AP) - Tennessee and North Carolina State will meet for
the first time since 1939 when they open their 2012 seasons in the
Georgia Dome.

Tennessee and N.C. State have split the only two games they have
played before continuing the tradition of a Southeastern Conference
team facing an Atlantic Coast Conference team in the season-opening
game called the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.

The game, scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012, is organized by the
Chick-fil-A Bowl committee and was called "the Daytona 500 of
college football," by bowl president Gary Stokan, who announced
the matchup on Thursday.

Tickets will be split evenly between the two schools.

Alabama will play Virginia Tech in this year's opener on Sept. 5.

Alabama beat Clemson before a sellout crowd of 70,097 in the
2008 game.