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Michigan, ND, USC Talk To Atlanta About Kickoff Game Possibilities

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As the Chick-Fil-A Bowl looks to schedule kickoff games for 2015 and beyond, president/CEO Gary Stokan has had exploratory talks with several high-profile schools.

Stokan told he’s spoken with USC, Michigan, UCLA and Notre Dame on a “very preliminary” basis about future appearances.

Chick-Fil-A also spoke with Ohio State, which Stokan says seems tied to the home-and-home model.

Stokan cautioned there are no finalized matchups and the process is in the research phase. It’s truly a feeling-out process to see what might work for the bowl and the schools.

Michigan could be interested if the right opponent is involved, Stokan said.

Chick-Fil-A prefers to have an SEC or ACC team on one side of the billing, as the case this year (Alabama-Virginia Tech next week) and next (Alabama-West Virginia).

Alabama already has played in two Atlanta kickoff games.

“I wouldn’t want to put anyone in a situation where they are (slated as) coming to play,” Stokan said. “We’ve had dialogue.”

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