CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina and Auburn will play in the third and final game of the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta on Sept. 12. 

The matchup between the Tar Heels and Tigers has been rumored for months after Central Florida announced in February its 2020 game with UNC had been rescheduled for the opening weekend of the season.

West Virginia and Florida State will open the festivities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, two days before Georgia and Virginia square off on Labor Day. This marks the first time the Chick-fil-A Kickoff event will span the first two weekends of the regular season.

“The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is an exciting opportunity for our team to take on an outstanding Auburn program in what is always one of the top events of the college football season," UNC head coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “The chance to play on a national stage in a world-class facility like Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be a tremendous experience for our fans and everyone associated with our program.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game once again in 2020,” UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said. “This will give our student-athletes a wonderful opportunity to compete on a national stage in one of the premier events in college football. Atlanta has always been a popular destination for our fans and the move to Mercedes-Benz Stadium should create even more excitement.”

(Photo: Jim Hawkins, Inside Carolina)

 

This will be the third appearance for the Tar Heels in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. In 2010, a depleted UNC squad rallied from a 30-10 halftime deficit against LSU before a pair of passes into the end zone fell incomplete in the final seconds to secure a 30-24 win for the Tigers. In 2016, UNC built a 24-14 third-quarter lead over Georgia before the Bulldogs scored the game's final 19 points to claim a 33-24 victory.

Auburn will be making its fourth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.

UNC and Auburn last met in the 2001 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in John Bunting’s first season in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels won, 16-10, to improve to 4-2 all-time over the Tigers.

UNC’s 2020 non-conference schedule is now complete with games against Old Dominion (Sept. 26) and James Madison (Nov. 21) already set.