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Atlanta wants more kickoff games

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Atlanta is looking to continue hosting kickoff games involving prominent teams in 2015 and beyond. reported that the Chick-Fil-A Bowl has talked with several teams, including Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.

Bowl president/CEO Gary Stokan said that no matchups have been finalized. Ohio State has also been involved in talks but a scenario including the Buckeyes is not likely.

While talks are in the preliminary stage, Stokan did say that Michigan might be interested, depending on the opponent.

Chick-Fil-A wants to have at least one ACC or SEC team as part of the billing. Alabama and Virginia Tech meet in Atlanta on Aug. 31. Next year's kickoff game is an Alabama-West Virginia matchup.

Stokan said Atlanta looks to be a major player in the yearly kickoff-game trend. He estimated that there could be seven to 10 such matchups per year in the future.

"My vision is for Atlanta to be the college football capital of the world," Stokan said.

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