Kickoff time, TV schedule set for Alabama-Virginia Tech matchup in Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game

Alabama will play its season opener in Atlanta against Virginia Tech in the 2013 Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game. (

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team will face Virginia Tech in the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 31. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Crimson Tide will be playing in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff for the third time. Alabama defeated Clemson by a score of 34-10 to open the 2008 season and topped Virginia Tech, 34-24, in the 2009 opener in the Georgia Dome.

Under head coach Nick Saban, UA has played in four previous neutral site regular season games. The Tide lost to Florida State in Jacksonville in 2007 by a score of 21-14 and opened the 2012 campaign with a 42-14 win over Michigan in Dallas. Alabama will also begin the 2014 season in Atlanta with a matchup against West Virginia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff.

Below is the complete list of game times and television coverage announced by ABC/ESPN on Tuesday:

(All times CST)

Thursday, August 29:{} North Carolina at South Carolina, 5 p.m. on ESPNThursday, August 29:{} Mississippi at Vanderbilt, 8:15 p.m. on ESPNSaturday, August 31:{} Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, 4:30 p.m. on ESPNSaturday, August 31:{} Georgia at Clemson, 7 p.m. on ABCSaturday, August 31:{} TCU vs. LSU, 8 p.m. on ESPNThursday, Sep. 24: {}{}{} Kentucky at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN