Possible 2010 Tide Football Schedule

After Alabama announced the San Jose State game as the 2010 season-opener, it was possible to make a couple of judgments about the season-after-next Crimson Tide football schedule. One is that Bama won't be opening the schedule in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and probably not playing in a neutral site until post-season.

Although Alabama has not yet announced its 2010 schedule, if you are one of those people who thinks a fall wedding is a good idea (it isn't), but wants to avoid a Crimson Tide football weekend (still a bad idea), here is a guess at what it looks like for Bama season after next.

The highlights are two early home games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which will have been expanded to over 100,000. Penn State comes calling with Joe Paterno likely well ahead in the race to be the all-time college football coaching winner. Paterno got a big boost from the NCAA Committee On Infractions, which is always eager to help the Big Ten and Pac-10, by taking away 14 victories from FSU and Bobby Bowden. The other big game will be Florida, without Tim Tebow at quarterback but possibly with back-to-back national championships under the Gator belt.

Alabama also has tough SEC road games in 2010–at Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban hasn't griped about it, but for the second year in a row in 2010 his Crimson Tide will be at a disadvantage against Auburn. The Alabama-Auburn game has been moved to Friday this season and next season. Bama, however, has a game the Saturday before, while Auburn has an open date. CBS wanted the game on Friday and Alabama agreed to the move for the good of the Southeastern Conference.

The schedule also includes a non-conference road game to Duke. When the Alabama-Duke series was established, there was an understanding that Bama would not go to Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium (capacity 33,941), but instead would play in either the Carolina Panthers stadium in Charlotte or the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Duke Coach David Cutcliffe wants the game on campus. There is always the possibility of Alabama buying out of the game or Duke agreeing to move it to another site, but for now the game is on the schedule at Durham.

While this is unofficial, it appears the 2010 schedule is:

Sept. 4 San Jose State

Sept. 11 Penn State

Sept. 18 @ Duke

Sept. 25 @ Arkansas

Oct. 2 Florida

Oct. 9 Ole Miss

Oct. 16 @ South Carolina

Oct. 23 @ Tennessee

Oct. 30 Open-Marry if you must

Nov. 6 @ LSU

Nov. 13 Mississippi State

Nov. 20 Georgia State

Nov. 26 Auburn

Some schedule notes beyond 2010 (and even more subject to change in some cases):

In 2011, Alabama plays at Penn State on Sept. 10 and Vanderbilt replaces South Carolina, the Tide hosting the Commodores on Oct. 8.

In 2012, Alabama plays at Tulane. There have also been reports of Bama being asked to play a game against an unnamed Big 12 opponent in the new Dallas Cowboys stadium.

Alabama plays Georgia Tech in 2013 (home) and 2014 (Atlanta) and plays Michigan State in 2016 (home) and 2017 (away).

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