2008 Schedule Is Pathetic

I didn't ask Mal Moore about this because I didn't wanted to be persuaded that the 2008 Crimson Tide schedule that has been leaked (though not announced) is good for Alabama football. And I know Bama Athletics Director Moore can be persuasive. Many of his conversations over the past few years have ended with his target of persuasion saying something along the lines of "Will a check be okay?"

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban spoke to the Rotary Club of Birmingham this week and the Birmingham News reported that in the question-answer segment that Saban said, "I'd like to play Notre Dame. We played them three times at Michigan State and beat them three times. That was a great national game, it creates fan interest and TV will always jump on those games."

Among the other teams he'd like to schedule, Saban named North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Oklahoma.

Well, he's going to have to wait, at least if the 2008 schedule we have seen is correct. It appears to be the weakest in history. Yes, Auburn is on the home schedule. But the other seven teams probably would not rank among the nation's top 50.

The non-conference opponents are Western Kentucky, Tulane, Texas-El Paso (Mike Price finally gets to coach a game in Tuscaloosa), and Northern Illinois (Bama's chance for revenge for the 2003 loss). The SEC opponents in Tuscaloosa in addition to Auburn are Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

2008 Alabama Football Schedule:

August 30–Western Kentucky

September 6–Tulane

September 13–Open

September 20–@ Arkansas

September 27–@ Georgia

October 4–Kentucky

October 11–Texas-El Paso

October 18–Ole Miss

October 25–@ Tennessee

November 1–Northern Illinois

November 8–Mississippi State

November 15–@ LSU

November 22–Open

November 29–Auburn


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