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2016 Alabama Football Schedule: 9 Bowl Teams, Tough Road Games

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...that said, it's still easier than 2015's schedule.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 Alabama football schedule is finalized. On balance, it's a little easier than last season's grind. Still, the slate does feature nine bowl teams and an FCS Playoff 2nd-round foe in UT-Chattanooga.

Off the schedule rotates the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tide welcome the Kentucky Wildcats. Two Sun Belt teams also fall off, as the Kent State Golden Flashes come to town. The biggest road blocks to a very big season come on the road: The Tide face the USC Trojans in Dallas to open the season, followed by Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, and LSU all on the road.

The home slate is very manageable: Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Auburn come to Bryant-Denny. There is a sneaky tough sleeper game, as the Tide face reigning C-USA champion Western Kentucky wedged between the USC opener and the SEC opener in Oxford.