Report: Alabama close to scheduling new Week 1 opponent
Alabama may have found its new Week 1 opponent.
According to a report from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, citing sources, UA is “closing in” on scheduling BYU for Week 1. The news comes just hours after athletic director Greg Byrne shot down reports of the Crimson Tide possibly playing Notre Dame in Week 1. At time of publishing, Zenitz’s report does not specify a site for the potential game with BYU.
Like Notre Dame, BYU is also considered a “Power 5” program by the SEC and other conferences for scheduling purposes despite not being a member of one of the Power 5 conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12).
Alabama is currently in need of a new Week 1 opponent after the Pac-12 went to a conference-only schedule, canceling the Crimson Tide’s scheduled season-opener with Southern Cal in Dallas. BYU was also set to play a Pac-12 team, Utah, in Week 1. The Cougars are coming off of a 7-6 season in 2019 which included an appearance in the Hawaii Bowl.
Alabama and BYU previously played in 1998 with the Crimson Tide winning 38-31.
Alabama may not end up scheduling BYU or any other teams if the SEC opts for a conference-only slate in 2020. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has stated a decision for the conference’s fall schedule will be announced later this month.
Alabama appears to be closing in on a new Week 1 opponent.
If the Crimson Tide ends up playing more than just SEC teams this year, there’s a strong possibility the team will open the season against BYU, according to sources.https://t.co/vooGm8ySxn
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) July 18, 2020