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2019 SCHEDULE RELEASED: The good and bad of the 2019 Alabama Football schedule

Yikes, this is woeful.

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Coach must have seen the schedule.

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There’s absolutely no way to sugar coat this one. Woof.

The 2019 Alabama football schedule has been released and it is woeful. At first blush, it’s bag-over-the-head shameful. I would almost say indefensible, but I’ll try and provide some defense, such as I can make in any event:

Now, to the deserved criticism:

  • New Mexico State? The Aggies don’t even have a conference. They were so dreadful, they were kicked out of the Sun Belt...The Sun Belt,
  • Alabama’s conference road schedule is fairly tough, but that’s an accident of the calendar, not a volitional act.
  • Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee are going to suck out loud. But, like the road schedule being tough, this is also an accident of the calendar. Hard to fault Alabama for the inept hirings of conference rivals.
  • I generally defend the FCS game, and there is an editorial coming about that very thing next week. But, while the Tide can face FCS playoff teams like UT-Chatt and Charleston Southern and still hold their heads up, it is hard to defend slaughtering Western Carolina and Mercer. It’s doubly hard to justifiy when there are plenty of quality D1AA teams in the region to reach out to: Nicholls State, Kennesaw State, McNeese State and Wofford come to mind.

Nick Saban and Greg Byrne will be asked about this, and they should be. It will be criticized heavily, and it should be. It will anger ticket holders, and it should. One thing the program has done exceptionally well is generate buzz with brand-name games early in the season. Everything about this leaves you flat, however. And there is absolutely zero value being generated for those who have spent thousands and waited years to get a seat in Bryant Denny Stadium.

Worse, it’s just boring and seems stale. And a stale program in a short-memory era where there are so many other entertainment options is a killer for program revenue, recruiting excitement, and butts in seats...even at Alabama.


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