I can’t wait to hear what PAWWWLLL!!! and Heather have to say about Alabama’s 2019 non-conference schedule. It’s a real challenge.
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Bet their long snappah’s are awesome!
Duke, in Atlanta. Ugh. That’s horrific.
Duke!? You call that Power 5?
Beat me to it.
I think Duke is a better opponent than tech right now. Cutcliffe has done a solid job in Durham.
GT was 4-4 in conference play. Duke finished 3-5. Their overall record was better, but when your non-conference schedule is NIU, NC Central, Army (which they lost) and Baylor, I hardly think that qualifies as noteworthy.
Duke was the bottom of the barrel before Cutcliffe came to Durham. He’s done something many thought was impossible – make Duke a bowl team. Fish Fry is running the tech football program into the ground. The trade school has many of the same advantages that Georgia has but has wasted them on a coach who runs a barely high school offense. Just my $.02.
At least they have those nice curtains to cover up the 300-level.
I know exactly what they’ll say. They’ll say it’s a more challenging lineup than Georgia’s.
True, we are in no position to throw stones.
In ’19? We’ve got Notre Dame and Tech. We could play two I-AAs and it’d be stronger.
Well, Dook is not overly enticing. Then again, who in the hell is fired up about UVA the following year for us?
This Bama scheduling is par for the course. They have played a grand total of 4 away Power 5 games since 2000. Hell, we played half that many last year. Of course they have played all those “neutral” site (wink, wink) games the past decade.
Came here to say that, I don’t understand the Duke, nor Virginia in The Benz games…maybe the big boys are really getting scared to come to the ATL.
They play Duke/UVA because they don’t want to play a team that might surprise them in Game 1. Duke avoids the “you played a FCS” stigma while giving you a game you aren’t serious worried about losing.
I’m one of the most outspoken critics of the cupcake game. I’d like to see a 9 game SEC schedule PLUS an all power 5 schedule. The Duke game is definitely a step down for Alabama but I give them credit up to this point by at least scheduling a real opponent during the Saban era. Florida State (twice), Clemson,Virginia Tech (twice), Penn State ( twice in home and home) Michigan, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and USC. Even with neutral sites involved, those are real games against real programs. I’m not sure GT would be viewed as the better program against any of those. I think we’re missing out on those types of games and experices by keeping GT on the schedule. Notre Dame should have proven that this year. As I mentioned, there is an easy solution, but until everyone is required to do it, the fans will suffer.
Hmmmm….either Saban is not afraid of his West opponents knocking him out of the SECCG, or he’s been assured the ‘Bama brand with one loss, regardless of schedule, is good enough to get into the CFP every time without an SECCG appearance. That’s a bit of risk taking schedule wise IMHO, or something’s up we don’t know about.
Sorry, but playing most of those so called “neutral” site games is really a joke. Except for Clemson, Bama has been much closer to Atlanta than any of their opponents. Ditto for Dallas. There is a DIFFERENCE playing on your opponent’s home field. Since the turn of the century, Georgia has played AT Clemson twice, Okie State, Colorado, Arizona State and now Notre Dame. That is two more away games than Bama has played, not including Tech. And while Duke beat Tech last year, you would be hard pressed to demonstrate that they are a better program than the Trade School. I agree with 1smartdude on scheduling, but am hardly willing to give Bama a pass for avoiding playing road games out of conference.
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