The 2014 Alabama football schedule has been completed adding Southern Miss.
This makes the out-of-conference slate West Virginia, FAU, USM, and Western Carolina. Three of those games will be played in Tuscaloosa with the WVU game being played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Aug. 30 West Virginia Mountaineers (Atlanta)
Sept. 6 Florida Atlantic Owls
Sept. 13 Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Sept. 20 Florida Gators
Sept. 27 open date
Oct. 4 at Ole Miss Rebels
Oct. 11 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Oct. 18 Texas A&M Aggies
Oct. 25 at Tennessee Volunteers
Nov. 1 open date
Nov. 8 at LSU Tigers
Nov. 15 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Nov. 22 Western Carolina Catamounts
Nov. 29 Auburn Tigers
- The season is now broken up into 3 four-game segments.
- There has been no announcement as to which game will be the homecoming game. Historically, it has been in October but the only Tuscaloosa October game is against Texas A&M.
- Between Sept. 20 (Florida) and Nov. 15 (MSU), Alabama has one home game (TAMU).
The Golden Eagles are in the midst of a 22-game losing streak having gone 0-12 in 2012 and 0-10 so far this season.
Alabama and USM have met 42 times. That is more than they have played Kentucky (38), Florida (36), and Arkansas (22). The Tide holds the edge 35-5-2.
In 1990, Bama lost to USM and a little known quarterback named Brett Favre. In 2000 with (ack!) Mike Dubose at the helm, the Tide was shutout by the Golden Eagles 21-0. That Bama team went on to a 3-8 record and a merciful end to the marriage with Dubose. Dark times my friends.
Two losses came to coach Harold "Red" Drew in the 1950s. Bear Bryant's only loss to USM came in his final season in 1982.
These two teams used to play almost every season until 2005. By that time, longtime coach Jeff Bower was tired of getting whooped by Bama every year and ended the series. USM is on their third coach since Bower left in 2007. With a new school President and a new AD, they may be looking to shake things up after this dismal 0-22 stretch. Plus, they will get a nice little paycheck (details have not been disclosed as of yet).
The Good: With the Crimson Tide breaking in a new quarterback next season, maybe this is a good thing.
The Bad: With the arrival of a playoff in 2014, Strength of Schedule will certainly be a factor in the committee's choice for the final four.
The Ugly: Some fans are not going to like these OOC games.