“I’ll say that we are exploring some home-and-homes.”

What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on in Tuscaloosa?

Alabama is negotiating to schedule a home-and-home football series with Notre Dame, The Tuscaloosa News has learned. Alabama is also working on a home-and-home deal with Texas.

The Crimson Tide last participated in an out-of-conference home-and-home series in 2010-11 against Penn State, hosting the Nittany Lions in 2010 and traveling to State College, Pa., in 2011.

UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne would not confirm the schools are in talks, but did say the athletic department is pursuing future two-game deals that would have Alabama play a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium and also play on the opposing school’s campus.

Before you ask, yes, Saban appears to be on board with the general concept.

Last September, Saban confirmed on his radio show he and Byrne had discussed scheduling future home-and-home series.

“I would like to do that,” he said. “We played Penn State home and home when I was here and it was a good game here, it was a good game there, great crowd and all that. It’s better for our fans if we play at home, I get that.”

This, from the people who have developed the neutral site opener into a science.

It’s nice that Nick gives lip service to what the fans want, aight, (and in his defense, he’s long been in favor of adding a ninth conference game in part because of the fans) but I’m thinking there has to be an ulterior motive here.  I just can’t figure out what it is.  Any suggestions?

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39 responses to ““I’ll say that we are exploring some home-and-homes.”

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    IMO, Saban’s motive simply is that he’ll be long retired by the time these series take place. So not only does he not care about the SOS difficulty, but he’ll probably love to saddle the new coach with insane expectations coupled with the difficult OOC schedule. In the meantime, Saban can back in the reception that he cares and is trying to improve the OOC slate.

    Most likely a series with ND or Texas won’t take place till ’22 at the earliest.

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  2. Derek

    I figure some people saw our game at ND this year and got jealous.

    As well they should. It was incredible.

    Need to make it 3-0 in 2019.

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  3. Sign a 10 year deal with Clemson. The dome, then Home and Home then the dome. Home and Home, then the dome, Home and Home, then the dome.

    It’s a natural rivalry. It’s played early so both teams can recover from a loss. It will bring in massive audiences and it helps recruiting for both schools.

    And nobody is complaining about a great game and level of competition. If McGarity (who took away the OSU home and home) wants to add a USC, Texas, ND to that – then ‘great’. It makes it even better…

    These are the games that everyone wants to see… And we when we do player a smaller school, let that school be Georgia Southern or Georgia State so that they make some money and can play in the stadium many of those kids grew up being fans of…

    It’s not rocket science…

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    • 86BONE

      Clemson has a very forward thinking AD as I have mentioned previously on this blog. We do not need to give them a leg up on recruiting or we may never catch up to them.
      You are correct randy in that the rivalry is over the top for sure. Never have I personally experienced more joy in Sanford than when Jimmy Harrell placed the pig skin upon that tee and KB booted it good from 60!
      The group hug at the Rose Bowl when Sony scored is the only in stadium experience to top it…ever

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      • Otto

        Agreed I want a Clemson home and home about once a decade. A UNC home and home could also be fun the 2 schools used to play regularly. It would be a fun road game for the UGA fans, no need to fly traditional campus and a respectable P5 program in an area UGA actively recruits. Clemson needs Georgia recruits to be a national power, I see no reason to help them. I remain somewhat surprised UGA hasn’t played FSU during the regular season in ages. FSU vs UGA in Atlanta would have been a money maker and it wouldn’t involve the bad blood of one program firing a coach leading the other program. It would make a fun home and home now.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I prefer a little more variety…

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    • Dawg1

      Just one point, not to defendd McGoofy, but OSU canceled the series:

      “Ohio State sent Georgia a letter this month informing the Bulldogs it would not be able to confirm dates, effectively nullifying the agreement.”

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    • paul

      I’m old enough to remember when we did play Clemson every year. It was always a great game. Fine with me if we bring it back.

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      • Mayor

        Go back and look at the records. We played Clemmons every year because the Tigers were not a top level program and we beat them regularly. When Danny Ford showed up there all that changed. Their program improved and even though they have had some ups and downs, over time the program trajectory has been upward so they are definitely not an easy win any more. Also, do you want to play Clemson every year? Well better get ready to give up playing any other big-time OOC programs (like ND) in the regular season. Bama has an advantage on us schedule-wise because the Tide’s big instate rival, Auburn, is in the SEC and counts as a conference game. UGA’s instate rival, Tech, is an OOC game and that effectively takes up one of our 4 OOC slots Georgia. I favor playing Clemson home and home twice a decade mixed in with FSU, UNC, and the occasional ND, Big 10 or Big 12 series thrown in.

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  4. ASEF

    We likely will be at 8 by that point. And the science of “getting in” with 8 is more about getting into that national conversation early. As long as you are competitive in those games (and your opposition doesn’t face plant the rest of the season), it’s a no-lose proposition.

    Also: ‘Bama is getting Louisville and then Duke for its neutral site openers. Seems like high-end takers for that opportunity are drying up.

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  5. McTyre

    Such inter-conference match-ups with noteworthy programs – and a 9-gm conf schedule – are likely valued by a coach with confidence in his program, thinking strategically about SOS and a degree of anti-Bama or anti-SEC bias by future. Even though Kirby does not lack for confidence, the Ga-Fla game remains an albatross for scheduling purposes. As a 24-yr season tix holder with a lot of youth sports obligations on a typical Fall Saturday, I’m all for a 9-game SEC schedule to displace an opponent that historically tends to be Cannonfodder Univ.

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    • Mayor

      You appear to be one of the few who recognizes the scheduling disadvantage the WLOCP places on Georgia (most people don’t). Do you favor switching the Cocktail Party to home and home to free up flexibility for Georgia scheduling going forward? It would certainly make scheduling a big-time OOC opponent every other year easier.

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      • McTyre

        That trade sounds intriguing to me. The handful of times I’ve attended Ga-Fla, I’ve enjoyed the coastal amenities, but putting up with games in the Swamp seems worth it to pick up another SEC rival home game and help make more OOC match ups possible.

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  6. McTyre

    … bias by future playoff committees.

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  7. ATL Dawg

    My guess is that he saw what Georgia and Oklahoma got out of their games at Notre Dame and Ohio State.

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    • tbia

      Yep, I think he heard the phrase “Georgia sneaks by because of their win at Notre Dame” that he decided to fix that.

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  8. Jack Burton

    Destroying these overrated teams to eliminate them from playoff contention to increase his odds of continuing to make the playoff without winning the SEC.

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  9. Bob

    The answer lies in your question. He (and the Coke bottle) are in your head!
    And you are the second smartest person there.

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  10. Bob

    Pardon; some might argue Third.

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  11. baitstand

    Scouting car dealership locations?

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  12. Bulldog Joe

    Happy to see it.

    The campus environment is a key element that makes attending a college game much better than a pro game.

    Tailgating in Atlanta and Arlington is no where near as fun.

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  13. Otto

    Happy to see Bama scheduling out of conf. Smart had said before UNC he likes playing a big opener as it keeps the team focused during the offseason.

    It would be interesting to see the math on the revenue for a home and homes vs what Bama was getting playing neutral sites. Bama also made Georgia a priority in recruiting to build the program, what better way to get in front of Georgia recruits than to play a big game in Atlanta for the 1st game of the season attracting College Gameday and all the other media. Bama is now rolling and can recruit more on reputation. So I am not all that surprised to see the move.

    Further Bama’s neutral site games now are not as much the center of attention with the arrival of other big neutral site games, FSU was supposed to be big but fell flat and who do they have coming up? L’ville and Duke won’t exactly rock the college world. Miami might be interesting if Richt can win the ACC. Miami also has some nostalgia of the late 80s Bowl Game (not looking up the year Miami beat Bama) and the 92 Sugar Bowl. UGA ND was big, Bama ND I hate to say it will be bigger barring a major slide by one of the programs. Ticket prices will be even higher as I don’t see as many ND season ticket holders giving up their seats. I’d like to see Bama USC do a home and home, nostalgia, big game, out of conference game with 2 programs often in the national title hunt. I want to see UGA do a home and home with Oklahoma. The 1st was epic, the rematches would be fun games with 2 big fan bases.

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  14. UGA '97

    Hmmmm…just follow the money, aren’t the Longhorn Network/Texas and NBC/Notre Dame contracts are up for renewal then?

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  15. Derek

    Public service announcement: All Dawg final at the WGC Match Play!!!

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  16. Jared S.

    Maybe he finally realizes he’s on the heaven side of life and he’s trying to make God happy.

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  17. MDDawg

    Do they get to host recruits at neutral site games? I thought I remembered Kirby saying something about how we can’t bring recruits to Jacksonville, but I could very easily be mistaken. At least in a home-and-home scenario you get to host recruits once.

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  18. Sigh…. even the little guys got a return game before big $$ polluted the whole thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFkzPsQqQwo

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    • Otto

      Didn’t know about that game but Bama playing at Memphis in ’87, yes they did but in the absence of neutral site games, that is a great way to get Bama in front of some kids in a notoriously corrupt recruiting hotbed which Bama fought with UT and Ole Miss.

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      • Tony Barnhart- Mr! CFB

        i would welcome more of said shadiness. The fact is, for probably 5+ SEC teams, playing a game in Memphis is about as oppressive of a road game as playing in Bobby Dodd is for UGA. Great way to save $1.5m and play a quality but infinitely beatable opponent.

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        • Otto

          Memphis can and has beaten SEC teams. GT is still less so in my opinion as a large percentage of UGA fans can wake up in their own beds leave 2hrs before the game, enjoy the game at a neutral site and be back home before the end half time of the next round of games.

          I was amazed looking back at Bama’s schedules of their willingness to to do home and aways with Memphis, Boston College, and Cincy. UGA didn’t do return trips for UCLA and Tx A&M in the 80s.

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          • 19-52 in the 80s and 90s vs the SEC. (18-42 if you remove UT). Not awful considering their current place in the G5. The sheer number of games back then is what makes amazes me. Now, everything is money / politics / take-my-ball and go elsewhere.

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  19. ApalachDawg

    Nick is a good Catholic boy and wants to play in front of TD Jesus as part of his farewell tour.

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  20. Could be that Dallas, Atlanta, etc. may be growing weary of hosting the Tide in a game that ends up noncompetitive most years. Maybe they are looking elsewhere, forcing Bama to look elsewhere. Just spit balling.

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