Alabama releases 2009 Football Schedule

The University of Alabama finalized and released its 2009 football schedule on Friday and will open the season on September 5 against Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide did the same in 2008, defeating Clemson in the first-ever Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.

"It was a great atmosphere in the Georgia Dome to play the (Clemson) game," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban on Friday in reference to the Virginia Tech announcement. "It is great exposure for our football players and our football team. I believe that playing a non-conference opponent that has the national reputation, and will probably be a top 10 team next year like Virginia Tech, is certainly a challenge for our players and something for us to look forward to in the offseason. This will be the third year in a row that we have done a non-conference game at a neutral site to improve our schedule."

The full 2009 slate includes seven home games, four road games and the neutral site game against the Hokies. UA will face Florida International in the home opener on September 12 and open SEC play two weeks later at home against Arkansas. The other three SEC home games are South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU. The road portion of the SEC schedule includes Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Auburn.


Date                            Opponent                                Location

September 5                vs. Virginia Tech                     Atlanta (Georgia Dome)

September 12              Florida International               Tuscaloosa

September 19              North Texas                            Tuscaloosa

September 26              Arkansas                                 Tuscaloosa

October 3                    at Kentucky                            Lexington

October 10                  at Ole Miss                              Oxford

October 17                  South Carolina                        Tuscaloosa

October 24                  Tennessee                                Tuscaloosa

October 31                  ---Open Week---

November 7                LSU                                        Tuscaloosa

November 14              at Mississippi State                 Starkville

November 21              Tennessee-Chattanooga          Tuscaloosa

November 28              at Auburn                                Auburn

December 5                 SEC Championship Game      Atlanta