Will the Alabama Crimson Tide have a Blackout football game in 2013? Fanatics, which powers the official Alabama fan shop, seems to think so.
Now on sale for the low price of $124.95 is a Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2013 Blackout Jersey. Here is an excerpt from the description (emphasis added):
Designed in the same styling as the gear your favorite players will wear on the field in the 2013 Blackout Game…
Alabama isn’t a school that changes their uniforms very often, if at all. And Nick Saban probably doesn’t care much about his team wearing special jerseys and having multiple uniform combinations. But as SBNation notes, this jersey could be for some sort of organized fan blackout.
If Alabama were to have a Blackout game in 2013, they have six games to choose from on their 2013 schedule. They host Colorado State this weekend, but that game is excluded because there likely would have been an announcement by now.
Ole Miss visits Tuscaloosa on Sept. 28, followed by Georgia State on Oct. 5, Arkansas on Oct. 19, Tennessee on Oct. 26, LSU on Nov. 9, and Chattanooga on Nov. 23. It likely will be an SEC game, and it would be a better atmosphere if it were a night game.
My guess would be either Arkansas, Tennessee, or LSU, with Tennessee being the most likely due to their rivalry.
What do you think? Will Alabama have a Blackout game in 2013? If so, which game do you think it will be?
Update 2 (9/18/13): Fanatics has changed the description for the Alabama jersey. References to a Blackout Game have been removed.