HOOVER, Ala. -- Tennessee's supposed 2017 season opener against Georgia Tech at the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium probably is going to happen.
The future matchup is not yet 100 percent official, though.
Gary Stokan, the president and CEO of the Peach Bowl, which oversees the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game held annually the opening weekend of the college football season at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, was coy Monday afternoon in discussing the long-rumored meeting between the Volunteers and Yellow Jackets.
"We'd love to have Tennessee come play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game," Stokan said during an appearance on "Press Row" on ESPN 105.1 FM at SEC media days in Hoover.
"We've looked at potentially working with the ACC. They have the Monday night primetime slot with ESPN, which is a great exposure slot coming out of Labor Day weekend. We're talking to them a little bit.
"We've talked to Tennessee. We've talked to Georgia Tech. We've worked with (Tennessee athletic director) Dave Hart in the past. Hopefully we can get something together, whether it's Georgia Tech-Tennessee, or Tennessee against somebody else down the road. We'd love to have them in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game."
Should the Georgia Tech-Tennessee matchup happen, it likely would be on Labor Day Monday night as part of a weekend doubleheader to open the new stadium.
The Peach Bowl announced last week that Alabama and Florida State would play that Saturday (Sept. 2) at the new stadium, and Stokan indicated on Monday that playing a second game on Monday night works better for fans and attendance than the previous Thursday or Friday.
"It's that kind of scenario," he said, "that we'd be looking at."
Tennessee was part of a similar weekend doubleheader at the Georgia Dome in 2012. The Vols beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night. Clemson edged Auburn 26-19 in a matchup of ranked teams roughly 24 hours later.
Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the ACC spring meetings in May that the involved parties were nearing a finalized agreement for the Tech-Tennessee game.
"All signs are very good," he told the AJC. "Like everything, I'll feel better when I see it and we sign it, but I've got no indication other than it's happening and we're still good to go."
Tennessee and Georgia Tech, a former member of the SEC, have played each other 43 times, but the two programs haven't met since 1987, when the Vols won 29-15 in Knoxville. That was the last in a nine-year stretch where the teams played every season. Tennessee leads the all-time series 24-17-2.
The Vols and Yellow Jackets recently announced a four-year home-and-home basketball series that will begin this season.
The game in Atlanta would continue Tennessee's recent trend of neutral-site non-conference games. The Vols are set to play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway next season. Tennessee will open the 2018 season against West Virginia in Charlotte.
Tennessee opens this season in Nashville against Bowling Green.
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