Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bama and Wisconsin will meet in Arlington
By Edward Aschoff
Alabama's 2015 season opener against Wisconsin will be played inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the schools announced Wednesday.
The “Cowboys Stadium Classic” is scheduled for September 5.
This is yet again a sign that Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't afraid to travel away from Tuscaloosa to take on a high-profile, nonconference opponent. Under Saban, Alabama has played in four neutral site games during the regular season and has two more scheduled for the next two years.
The Crimson Tide started its string of neutral site games by playing Florida State in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2007. Alabama then played Clemson (2008) and Virginia Tech (2009) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.
The Tide opened the 2012 season with a 42-14 win over Michigan in Jerry's World, so Saban is no stranger to this venue. Alabama will begin this upcoming season in Atlanta against Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff and again in 2014 against West Virginia.
As if Alabama needed more attention, Saban has been all about hitting hot SEC recruiting areas with these nonconference games. These games certainly haven't derailed the Tide's BCS hopes, as Alabama has won two straight national championships and three of the last four BCS titles.
Hey rest of the SEC, maybe stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to scheduling isn't such a bad thing after all ...