Alabama received some of the schedule relief it had been seeking for the upcoming season when Georgia State agreed to move the Nov. 20 nonconference game up a few days and play it on Thursday night (Nov. 18) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
By moving the Georgia State game to Thursday, that means Alabama won't have to face arch-rival Auburn on the heels of a short week of preparation. The Auburn game for the second year in a row will be played on a Friday, Nov. 26.
Alabama has to face six SEC opponents this coming season that are coming off bye weeks. One of those is Auburn, which has to play 11 straight weeks before getting its bye.
With Auburn already having a bye and the extra time to get ready for the Iron Bowl, Alabama coach Nick Saban wanted to try and avoid facing the Tigers when the Crimson Tide would have a short week to prepare.
Georgia State, which will be playing its inaugural season of football, had to agree to move the game. One of the ironies in all this is that Georgia State is coached by former Alabama coach Bill Curry.
Yes, the same Bill Curry who reportedly had a brick thrown through his office window following a homecoming loss to Ole Miss in 1988.