Thursday, June 11, 2015

Schedule News: Alabama and Oregon Agree to Home-and-Home Series

The complete schedule isn't expected to be released until later this summer, but Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports tweeted today that Alabama and Oregon have agreed to a home-and home series that will begin this season in Tuscaloosa with the return game in Eugene next season.

This is good news. Oregon has become a consistent program under the direction of Dana Altman. The Ducks have been to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons, and will be projected no worse than middle-of-the-pack in the Pac 12 for 15-16. The Ducks return 5 of their top 8 scorers from a 26 win team a year ago, but will have to replace their top player, Joseph Young. This will be an interesting non-conference test for this young Alabama team and new coaching staff over the next two seasons.

Combine this game with the Orlando Classic (featuring Wichita State, Notre Dame, Dayton, Iowa, Xavier, USC and Monmouth), the expected return game at Southern Miss (yes, they stunk last year, but road games are tricky as we all know), and the Alabama non-conference schedule is looking more formidable than I thought it might be in CAJ's first season.  

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