The first non-conference schedule of the Avery Johnson era has been released. The schedule release day for me is up there with Christmas and my birthday. It's always exciting to see who Alabama will play while trying to project how the schedule will play out. We're roughly three months away from the season, and I think many in the Alabama fanbase are itching to get this season started to see what the new coaching staff and players will bring to the table.
Here is the schedule. Previews of each opponent will be posted just before the season tips off.
Friday, November 6th - Trevecca Nazarene (Exh.) - Time: TBA
Friday, November 13th - Kennesaw State - Time: TBA
Tuesday, November 17th - at Dayton - Time: 12:00 PM CST (Part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon)
Friday, November 20th - Louisiana Lafayette - Time: TBA
Thursday, November 26th - Advocare Invitational - vs Xavier - Time: 11:00 AM CST
Friday, November 27th - Advocare Invitational - vs Wichita/USC - Time: TBA
Sunday, November 29th - Advocare Invitational - vs Notre Dame/Monmouth/Iowa/Dayton - Time: TBA
Friday, December 4th - at Southern Miss - Time: TBA
Sunday, December 13th - vs Clemson (Game will be played in Greenville, SC) - Time: TBA
Wednesday, December 16th - Winthrop - TBA
Monday, December 21st - Oregon (Game will be played in Birmingham) - Time: TBA
Tuesday, December 29th - Jacksonville State - Time: TBA
Saturday, January 2nd - Norfolk State - Time: TBA
A few comments about the schedule. It's a tough schedule. Only 5 of the 12 non-conference games will be played in Coleman Coliseum. The home slate isn't particularly attractive, but the Oregon game in Birmingham will be included in season ticket packages. There is a nice variety to this schedule. You have road games that will test this young team (Dayton, Southern Miss, Clemson), a really tough field in the Orlando event, solid mid-major programs (Louisiana Lafayette, Winthrop, Norfolk State), a marquee game in Birmingham, and even a fellow program from the great state (Jacksonville State). You may also notice that there is no game schedule for SEC Championship Saturday. It is my understanding that is not an accident. It's the little things such as this that have swayed me to this coaching staff. Remembering the struggle in 2012 of going back and forth between the basketball game at Cincinnati and the football game with Georgia was maddening. It's nice to know that if the football team does make it to Atlanta, that's all we have to focus on as fans for that day.
At first glance, I'll predict an 8-4 record heading into conference play.Please share your thoughts and predictions in the comments section.