Alabama Finalizes 2011 Schedule
As would be expected since it is not one of the major neutral site non-conference games, Alabama will open the season playing a perceived patsy. But this is a special patsy – Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban's alma mater, Kent State. That game in Bryant-Denny Stadium will open the 2011 season on September 3.
That is one of seven games in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Five road games include four Southeastern Conference contests plus plus a non-conference matchup with tradition-rich Penn State on September 10. The Crimson Tide will host Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and LSU while traveling to Florida, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Auburn in conference play next season.
Saban graduated from Kent State University in 1973, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business. He began his coaching career there under Don James as a graduate assistant and earned a master's degree in sports administration in 1975.
Alabama opens league play with Arkansas on September 24 and plays five straight games against SEC competition before an open date on October 29. The Tide finishes at home against LSU, on the road at Mississippi State, and home against Georgia Southern before the final contest of the regular season at Auburn.
The 2011 SEC Championship Game is Saturday, December 3, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Sept. 3 Kent State
Sept. 10 @ Penn State
Sept. 17 North Texas
Sept. 24 Arkansas
Oct. 1 @ Florida
Oct. 8 Vanderbilt
Oct. 15 @ Mississippi
Oct. 22 Tennessee
Oct. 29 Open
Nov. 5 LSU
Nov. 12 @ Mississippi State
Nov. 19 Georgia Southern
Nov. 26 @ Auburn
Dec. 3 SEC Championship Game
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