Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The 2011 Alabama football schedule was finalized Wednesday and includes seven games in the newly-expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium plus five road games, highlighted by a non-conference matchup with tradition-rich Penn State on September 10. The Crimson Tide will host Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and LSU while traveling to Florida, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Auburn in conference play next season.
The 2011 opener features Alabama head coach Nick Saban facing his alma mater, Kent State. Saban graduated from Kent State University in 1973, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business. He began his coaching career there under Don James as a graduate assistant and earned a master's degree in sports administration in 1975.
Alabama opens league play with Arkansas on September 24 and plays five straight games against SEC competition before an open date on October 29. The Tide finishes at home against LSU, on the road at Mississippi State, and home against Georgia Southern before the final contest of the regular season at Auburn.
The 2011 SEC Championship Game is slated to be held Saturday, December 3, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
2011 ALABAMA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Site
Sept. 03 Kent State Bryant-Denny Stadium
Sept. 10 at Penn State State College, Penn.
Sept. 17 North Texas Bryant-Denny Stadium
Sept. 24 *Arkansas Bryant-Denny Stadium
Oct. 01 *at Florida Gainesville, Fla.
Oct. 08 *Vanderbilt Bryant-Denny Stadium
Oct. 15 *at Mississippi Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 22 *Tennessee Bryant-Denny Stadium
Oct. 29 Open Date
Nov. 05 *LSU Bryant-Denny Stadium
Nov. 12 *at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss.
Nov. 19 Georgia Southern Bryant-Denny Stadium
Nov. 26 *at Auburn Auburn, Ala.
*Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent
In an announcement released last week, Alabama and Michigan agreed to open the 2012 season in the "Cowboys Stadium Classic" at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012.