The schedule is set for Saban (center) and the Tide in 2014.
Although the 2013 season is still in progress, it doesn’t hurt to gaze ahead at what awaits the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2014.
After finalizing an agreement to play Southern Miss at home on Wednesday, Alabama’s 2014 schedule is now set, via Rolltide.com.
|Aug. 30||West Virginia||Atlanta, GA|
|Sept. 6||Florida Atlantic||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
|Sept. 13||Southern Miss||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
|Sept. 20||*Florida||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
|Oct. 4||*at Ole Miss||Oxford, MS|
|Oct. 11||*at Arkansas||Fayetteville, AK|
|Oct. 18||*Texas A&M||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
|Oct. 25||*at Tennessee||Knoxville, TN|
|Nov. 8||*at LSU||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Nov. 15||*Mississippi State||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
|Nov. 22||Western Carolina||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
|Nov. 29||*Auburn||Bryant-Denny Stadium|
*Denotes SEC opponent
Immediately, the game that jumps out is the season opener in Atlanta against West Virginia. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
The contest will take place in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. It’s the second consecutive year the Tide have been featured in it and the fourth time overall. Alabama ousted Clemson and Virginia Tech in the 2008 and 2009 games, respectively, while opening in Atlanta against the Hokies this season.
Which game are you looking forward to the most?
The September schedule is very favorable for the Tide. The team plays all three September contests at Bryant-Denny Stadium and only faces one SEC opponent (Florida).
But that’s where the schedule gets tricky.
Following a Week 5 bye, Alabama plays four out of five games on the road in a six-week span from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8. It’s a stretch that includes contests against Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU and a much-improved Tennessee squad.
Expect to learn a lot about a Tide squad breaking in a new quarterback during these games.
Fortunately, the schedule wraps up in a lighter manner, with the final three games played in Tuscaloosa.
All in all, Alabama will play seven games at home, four on the road and one on a neutral field.