TUSCALOOSA — For as much flak as Alabama’s has received for its upcoming 2019 slate of games, the Southeastern Conference didn’t do its reigning champ any favors in 2020.
In addition to its neutral-site season opener against Southern Cal in Arlington, the SEC piled on the Crimson Tide in 2020 with a home conference-opener against Eastern Division rival Georgia (Sept. 19) and back-to-back divisional match ups against Texas A&M (Nov. 21) and Auburn (Nov. 28) to end the regular season.
The league unveiled its 2020 conference schedule Wednesday afternoon.
Along with those likely Top 25 matchups, Alabama will bookend its lone bye weekend on Halloween with road games at Tennessee on Oct. 24 — thus moving the annual Third Saturday in October series to the fourth Saturday of the month — and at LSU on Nov. 7 in Baton Rouge.
The LSU road game kicks off what will undoubtedly be a difficult final month for the Crimson Tide, which will host FCS opponent Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 14 before rounding out the final two weekends of the regular season against Texas A&M and the Iron Bowl, both of which will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Following its conference opener against Georgia, Alabama begins Western Divisional play with back-to-back road games at Ole Miss (Oct. 3) and Arkansas (Oct. 10) before hosting Mississippi State on Oct. 17.
Bookending the Georgia game on Sept. 19 are the Tide’s other two home non-conference matchups, against Georgia State on Sept. 12 and Kent State — Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s alma mater — on Sept. 26.