Alabama Finalizes 2011 Schedule

It had been relatively easy to figure out all but one game on the 2011 Alabama football schedule. That missing game was the season-opener. On Wednesday, the first game of the 2011 season was revealed, and it has a little twist.

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.

The Schedule:

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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