AUBURN, Alabama — It's finally official: Auburn will face North Carolina in 2020 during the second week of the college football season.

Auburn Undercover first reported in December the game was being scheduled for the second week of the 2020 season. The announcement was finally made Thursday.

North Carolina and Auburn will play Sept. 12 inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020. The game is part of three games set for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff series.

West Virginia and Florida State will meet Sept. 5, and Georgia and Virginia will face off Sept. 7 on the opening weekend of the season.

Auburn and North Carolina last met in 2001, with North Carolina defeating the Tigers 16-10 in the 2001 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Tar Heels are 4-2 against Auburn in the series. North Carolina has not yet won a game at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

“The Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has established itself as a premier season opener in college football and we look forward to being a part of it again in 2020 against a very good North Carolina program,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a press release. “It’s always great to play in Atlanta in front of a big crowd of Auburn fans.”

Auburn is no stranger to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game or Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers will play their third straight game dating back to last season inside the newly-built facility in Atlanta when they face Washington in the season opener Sept. 1.

Auburn defeated Louisville in 2015 in its last appearance at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Tigers lost to Clemson in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

“The notoriety and popularity of Auburn continues to rise, and we are excited to once again be a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in 2020,” Auburn athletics director Allen Greene said in a statement. “This nationally televised game puts Auburn front and center of the college football stage. (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president) Gary Stokan and his staff do an outstanding job of putting on a first-class event and we look forward to filling Mercedes-Benz Stadium with orange and blue.”

The SEC is 9-1 against ACC teams in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The lone victory by the ACC was Clemson's 26-19 victory against Auburn in 2012.

“We’re looking forward to capping off a multi-week celebration of college football in Atlanta by welcoming back North Carolina and Auburn to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,” said Bob Somers, Peach Bowl chairman. “With three marquee games in seven days, Atlanta truly will be living up to its reputation as the Capital of College Football.”

“These ACC, Big 12 and SEC programs and fans will undoubtedly provide ranked teams, sellout crowds and an unbelievable atmosphere inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium to open the 2020 season,” Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan said.

North Carolina has previously lost 30-24 to LSU in 2010 and 33-24 to Georgia in 2016 at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

“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,” North Carolina 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.”

Total team payouts average $5.2 million – higher than 26 bowl games last season – with more than $67 million in payouts over its history, according to officials with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Auburn has filled its schedule with the SEC's requirement for at least one Power 5 non-conference game through the 2024 season.

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Auburn's future schedules


Sept. 1: Washington (Atlanta)
Sept. 8: Alabama State
Sept. 15: LSU
Sept. 22: Arkansas
Sept. 29: Southern Miss
Oct. 6: at Mississippi State
Oct. 13: Tennessee
Oct. 20: at Ole Miss
Nov. 3: Texas A&M
Nov. 10: at Georgia
Nov. 17: Liberty
Nov. 24: at Alabama


Aug. 31: Oregon (Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 7: Tulane
Sept. 14: Kent State
Nov. 23: Samford


Sept. 12: North Carolina (Atlanta)
Sept. 26: Southern Miss
Nov. 14: UMass
Nov. 21: Alabama A&M**


Sept. 18: at Penn State
Sept. 25: Georgia State
Nov. 20: Alabama State


Sept. 17: Penn State
Sept. 24: Western Kentucky
Nov. 19: Mercer


Sept. 9: at Cal


Sept. 7: Cal

** Date could change to Week 1