The Charlotte News Observer reports that North Carolina State and Tennessee will face each other in the 2012 season opening Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff game. The article goes on to say that UNC is working with the Atlanta Sports Council to get into the game in 2010. Per the article:
UNC is negotiating a deal to face its own SEC opponent in the 2010 Kickoff game. UNC has three possible opponents for the game -- LSU, Georgia or Ole Miss.UNC's problem is the same as Georgia's in 2010. They need six home games. If they play a game in the Georgia Dome, they will only have five without pushing an existing non-conference road game to a later year. The News Observer says UNC is working with Rutgers and South Carolina to move a road game while UGA would need to work with Colorado on the same problem.
LSU and Ole Miss both have existing commitments on their books for the 2010 opener. However, both would be easier to move. LSU has a game at Tulane, and Ole Miss has a home game against Jacksonville State.
The scenario to get UGA might be as simple as Colorado moving our game there from Oct. 2, 2010 to Sept. 15, 2012. That would involve the Dawgs likely dropping the incredibly unappealing (to me) series with Louisville and opening a road date. And the Buffs moving their game at Fresno State around. (See how many dominoes have to fall to get us into the Dome?)
ESPN works with the schools to navigate these problems.
At the rate at which UNC is recruiting and improving, they should be a big boy opponent in 2010. If Jevon Snead bolts Ole Miss after this season, I anticipate the Rebels having more of a rebuilding year next season. If I were the ATL Sports Council, my preference would be 1) LSU 2) UGA and 3) Miss.