Admit it even if you loath Alabama(and a lot of people do) you watched the Chik-a-flia kickoff classic the last two years. It was a well hyped and highly publicized "Bowl Atmosphere" game to start the season.
It was also the most highly rated game of the opening weekend both years. The common factor in both those games Alabama. That in combination with going 26-2 with a National Championship over the last two years has made Alabama a hot commodity.
Three cities have already publicly displayed interest in having the Crimson Tide play a neutral site game in 2012. It seems inevitable that the Tide will play a game in Dallas, Atlanta, or Jacksonville in the next two years the only real question is which opponent.
So with that in mind here are five opponents for the Crimson Tide to face in 2012.
This may not be that competitive a game but it would sure bring two of the all time great programs together for the first time since 2000. This game would be all about Rich Rod spurning Alabama if he is still there.
They most likely could play in Atlanta or maybe even Charlotte N.C. either way this game probably will never happen, but if it did it would be worth watching regardless.
Oh this would be a ticket to die for. It would not matter who you rout for when these two teams have hooked up in the past it has always been a great game.
This game could be a national championship elimination game and that kind of magnitude makes it a home-run for both teams. Most likely location would be in Jerry World.
Alabama and Oklahoma would both be fools if they did not try to make this game happen.
Imagine this game being played in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend. The Ohio State University versus The University Of Alabama Crimson Tide. It has tradition and smash mouth football written all over it.
Hell even the Half Time Show would be worth watching as the Best Damn Band in the Land squared off against The Million Dollar Band. This game would be a win for both programs.
It would give Ohio State a chance to break their SEC stigma, and be able to showcase their team in recruiting hotbed Atlanta. Plus it would give the Crimson Tide a chance to flex the SEC muscle in their own backyard.
This game would be the chance for Brian Kelly to showcase what he has accomplished in two years at the helm for the fighting Irish. It would also give Nick Saban a chance to demolish a traditional powerhouse on the National stage.
Believe me when I tell you that 'Bama fans would love to see the Crimson Tide take on the fighting Irish and watch them limp home to Indiana. It may not be the most competitive game played that year, but it would be much hyped.
This game could happen in Jerry World with both teams expressing interest in playing in Texas for exposure and recruiting benefits. It is not a likely pairing but it would be a good one.
This would be the match-up not only all 'Bama Fans would want to see, but most likely the entire football world. The SEC vs. the PAC 10. Two old tradition rich schools with renewed power facing off in a recruiting hotbed.
This match-up has everything that you could want, but the biggest selling point is seeing Lane Kiffin vs. Nick Saban. The wannabe vs. the Master of his profession. Regardless as to where this game would be played it would be the game of the decade immediately.
I would hope that this game above the all the others could take place because the storylines in this matchup would be too numerous to talk about. It would be a battle for conference supremacy, championship contention, and recruiting domination all rolled into one.
ESPN if you are reading this make this game happen it is a ratings dream in the making.