2012 Tide Football Schedule Announced

The 2012 University of Alabama football schedule was finalized Wednesday and includes seven home games in Bryant-Denny Stadium and five on the road, including the season-opener against Michigan in Cowboys Stadium. The Crimson Tide will host Mississippi, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Auburn while traveling to Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and LSU in Southeastern Conference play next season.

Alabama's 2012 schedule includes both first-year league members Missouri and Texas A&M.

Although the schedule is not based on any previous or future scheduling formats, the Crimson Tide will play its annual game against Tennessee of the SEC Eastern Division and will conclude the regular season against in-state rival Auburn.

This schedule is for one season only. The SEC Athletic Directors will convene in Spring 2012 to begin formulating scheduling principles for the 2013 season and beyond.

The 2012 schedule is based on divisional play that started in 1992. Missouri will participate in the Eastern Division while Texas A&M will play in the Western Division. The conference schedule will remain at eight regular season games, with six games played inside the division and two games against teams from the opposite division.

In addition to Michigan, Alabama's non-conference games (all in Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium) are against Western Kentucky on September 8, Florida Atlantic on September 22, and Western Carolina on November 17.

Prior to expansion from 12 to 14 teams beginning with the 2012 season, Alabama had been scheduled to play at Vanderbilt and host Georgia this year. Those games were scrapped by the conference.

"The SEC transition team and our athletic directors did a great job with significant logistical challenges in a short time frame in developing the 2012 football conference schedule," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "The ability to come together for the conference is what makes the SEC so strong and that was evident yet again in this process."

Here is the Alabama schedule, which is subject to change for television, according to the SEC:

Sept. 1 vs. Michigan at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Sept. 8 vs. Western Kentucky in Tuscaloosa

Sept. 15 at Arkansas

Sept. 22 vs. Florida Atlantic in Tuscaloosa

Sept. 29 vs. Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa

Oct. 13 at Missouri

Oct. 20 at Tennessee

Oct. 27 vs. Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa

Nov. 3 at LSU

Nov. 10 vs. Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa

Nov. 17 vs. Western Carolina in Tuscaloosa

Nov. 24 vs. Auburn in Tuscaloosa

Alabama's open date is before the Missouri game on October 13. The newest member of the league, the Missouri Tigers will host Vanderbilt the week before hosting Bama.

Five SEC teams do not have an SEC game the week before playing Alabama, though it is likely that some or even all of those will fill the openings with non-conference games.

Arkansas does not have an SEC game before hosting Bama on September 15 (at a site that has not yet been announced, meaning it is possible the Razorbacks will host the Tide in Little Rock rather than Fayetteville). Ole Miss plays at Alabama on September 29 and does not have a league game the week before. Mississippi State is at Bama October 27 and does not have an SEC game the week prior. The next week, November 3, Alabama is at LSU and the Tigers do not have an SEC game on October 27. Alabama hosts Auburn Nov. 24 and Auburn does not have a league game November 17.

SEC teams with SEC games the week prior to playing Alabama in addition to Missouri playing Vanderbilt are:

Tennessee hosts Bama on October 20 (the Third Saturday in October), a week after the Vols play at Mississippi State. Texas A&M will be at Alabama on November 10, the week after playing at Mississippi State.

The 2012 SEC Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 1, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The entire slate of 2012 conference games will be televised by one of the SEC's television partners – CBS Sports, any of the ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ESPN3.com), CSS or FS South.

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