Crimson Tide releases 2011 schedule

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.


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.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics