The Info List - Pigskin Classic

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The Pigskin Classic was a season-opening college football game played at Anaheim Stadium from 1990 until 1994, and continued from 1995–2002 at various stadiums. It was initially created as a west-coast counterpart of the Kickoff Classic and hosted by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. From 1990–1994 it was sponsored by Disneyland and referred to as the Disneyland Pigskin Classic. Until 2002 the NCAA only allowed for teams to play a 12-game regular season schedule if the first game were a licensed Classic (such as the Pigskin Classic, the Kickoff Classic, or the Eddie Robinson Classic). In 2002 the NCAA ended the allowance of an extra 12th game, thus effectively ending the Classics.[1] Kickoff games would later see a revival, in 2008 the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was organized as a neutral-site game held in Atlanta. Results[edit]

Year Date Site Winning team Losing team Network Announcers

 1990   August 26  Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, California #8 Tennessee 31 #5 Colorado 31 NBC Don Criqui and Bill Walsh

1991 August 29 Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, California #1 Florida State 44 #19 BYU 28 Raycom Phil Stone and Craig James

1992 August 26 Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, California #7 Texas A&M 10 #17 Stanford 7 Raycom Phil Stone and Dave Rowe

1993 August 29 Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, California #20 North Carolina 31 #18 Southern Cal 9

1994 August 29 Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, California #20 Ohio State 34 Fresno State 10 Raycom Dave Barnett and Dave Rowe

1995 August 26 Michigan Stadium Ann Arbor, Michigan #14 Michigan 18 #17 Virginia 17 ABC Brent Musburger, Dick Vermeil, and Jack Arute

1996 August 24 Cougar Stadium Provo, Utah BYU 41 #13 Texas A&M 37

1997 August 23 Soldier Field Chicago Northwestern 24 Oklahoma 0

1998 August 30  Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum  Los Angeles Southern Cal 27 Purdue 17

1999 August 28 Beaver Stadium State College, Pennsylvania #3 Penn State 41 #4 Arizona 7

2000 August 26 Alltel Stadium Jacksonville, Florida #2 Florida State 24 BYU 3

2001 August 25 Memorial Stadium Lincoln, Nebraska #4 Nebraska 21 TCU 7

2002 August 24 Ohio Stadium Columbus, Ohio #13 Ohio State 45 Texas Tech 21

Rankings from AP Poll prior to game. [2] References[edit]

^ Street&Smith's SportsBusinessJournal: ‘Kickoff’ aims for college football spotlight ^ http://collegepollarchive.com/football

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BCA Classic (1997–2004) Eddie Robinson Classic (1997–2002) Hispanic College Fund Football Classic (2000–2002) John Thompson Foundation Classic (2001–2002) Jim Thorpe Classic (2001–2002) Kickoff Classic (1983–2002) Nashville Kickoff Game (2014–2015) Pigskin Classic (1990–2002)

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