Actually, it is nice to see Bama add S.Miss back onto the schedule, they used to play all the time.
Wasn’t Navy previously scheduled to play at Sou Miss in 2019?
Yes, that game disappeared on Navy’s end also. Don’t know what happened.
3 straight SEC West road games for Auburn…@ LSU, @ Arkansas & @Texas A&M. That’s harsh
I would guess CBS starts out 2017 in either Atlanta or Arlington but ESPN sure would love both of them
Yeah what a waste of time playing the citadel
Citadel could beat Arkansas State…..
We need your $ to help our title 9 sports..
We have zero chance of keeping it close but we have beaten Arkansas and USC
2 of the last 3 times we have played them.
The defending national champions have no business playing an FCS team from another state. Either support a local team or play an extra G5 team! This is indefensible.
I can agree with this. I would rather see Bama play Bama St/A&M, Jville St or Samford then play an out state team but I doubt that will ever happen. Would not mind if Bama would play Troy, USA or may be UAB in the future too.
This is why we need a weak team to play. Do you realize we have to play Iron Bowl a week after? Give those kids a break..
The only reason they are playing The Citadel is because Bemidji St. was unable to clear their schedule that week.
There goes that dream match up against Idaho!!
SEC haters, we have to schedule cupcakes to keep having the most players drafted by the NFL (51) this year and so we can win more national Championships.
Now tell us how your teams and their conferences do it!!!!!
You do realize that ESPN forgot to mention that most of those picks came after the 3 round?
The best players got selected in the beginning and 80% of them wasn’t from the SEC.
How about the SEC fans root for their own team and stop riding off other teams success.
More complaints of cupcakes, blah, blah, blah. Where are these SEC haters when strength of schedules are announced? Even with FCS cupcakes, the top SEC schools are still in the top 25% of of SOS. Every year.
No problem with scheduling a cupcake. Big problem with refusing to help local athletic departments pay their bills. ‘Bama needs to play an in-state FCS or G5 team instead.
As the Big 10 and Big 12 go to the schedules in which they are playing 10 games with P5 teams, almost all of the PAC 12 does already, it is my hope the CFB playoff committee will take note. In 2016 only 25 teams will play 9 or less P5 games in the regular season. The SEC has 13 of those 25 teams. The ACC has 8 of those teams, and ND is one of those teams. Oh yes Baylor is one of those teams. Congratulations SEC…you have become Baylorized.
In 2017 those numbers of teams playing 9 regular season games goes down a few more…
Like I said I hope people make it an issue the CFP has to take into consideration. The 9 game regular season with P5 teams amounts to an extra bye week.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our program,” The Citadel head coach Brent Thompson said. “These games are important for many reasons, and they allow us to provide our cadet-athletes with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’m excited that our team will have the experience of playing in front of more than 100,000 fans against one of the premier teams in college football.”
This comment from Brent Thompson is what college football is all about.
Bama should call Baylor and see if they can get help Bama schedule Incarnate World.
That’s incarnate word you fool
He was probably confused with Aboline Christians.
GEG you still did not tell who your team is and their conference. How many players were drafted from your conference?
‘Bama FB players wouldn’t even be able to make through “hell week” at The Citadel, much less graduate and get a degree!
They hate bama cause they can’t beat bama that’s all it is , sorry but got to find another place for the new collage football trophy
Well if Alabama so good than why do they pick so easy NB teams?
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So, Alabama still has a shot to host Central Arkansas, or Abeliene Christian, for $450K…
Here is how you not be lost, get in your car and drive toward the rising sun for 2,000 mile.
The Red Wolves have been a fairly solid team as of late, not exactly a cupcake but certainly no P5.
Perhaps Bryn Mawr will be scheduled soon?
Super excited for these games
Me too!!! Its a great opportunity for Mercer’s football program to get not only a nice paycheck, but for them to get great media coverage even if it will be aired on SEC network! Its good to see the bridge between FCS and FBS football!
I was being sarcastic. This is a disgrace. Once again, the SEC for as great as they are proves once again how cowardly they can be.
How do SEC fans and Bama fans justify this?
They justify it the same way Oregon and Pac-12 fans justify Oregon scheduling UC-Davis and Southern Utah. They justify it the same way Baylor and Big 12 fans justify Baylor playing Liberty or Abilene Christian.
Alabama is still playing a tougher schedule than about 125 D1 schools.
Oregon and Baylor play 9 conference games and 1 power 5 game.
Alabama doesn’t. That’s the point. Do you not get that?
Baylor hasn’t played a Power 5 non-conference game since 2008.
Guess what? Baylor’s schedule is worse. Alabama starts the season with FLORIDA STATE, and its other OOC’s are with Colorado State (now a top MWC team, and arranged when former Bama coach was HC at CSU), and Fresno State (a longtime top MWC team). Plus, Alabama winning its division will have 9 Conference games, no different from Baylor with no conference championship game. Baylor’s playing Incarnate Word. Go home.
Mercer is at least committed to moving to the top of FCS quickly, and getting into the Colonial in time, now that schools like ODU, Ga State, and Southern’s App State and Ga Southern have opened up the region for a new FCS player.
This is your reason for everything… SEC.
If that’s the case, why don’t you play 1 more conference game?
9 conference games in the Big 12 doesn’t make you better.
In the last two years, the SEC has had 34 players drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. The Big 12 has had 6. Playing against the level of talent that these other conferences are playing against in comparison to what the SEC has to play week in and week out, 9 conferences games can only even the field…
But it doesn’t even do that. The SEC is still far and away the better conference, with better players, and better teams.
SEC haters don’t get that. They think every school is even. Playing Kansas is just like playing Ohio State. Playing Washington State is just like playing Michigan State. It is only in that scenario, where everyone is equal, does playing 9 conference games matter.
See, there are two kinds of football fans. Those that realize that not every D1 team is equal and understand the game of football and then there are people like Maverick who don’t.
Pretty sure the SEC east is a joke.
The SEC East may not be the best division in football, but at worst they are second behind the SEC West.
You’ve just lost all credibility. You are just a biased fan. SAD.
I am literally shocked you could spell ‘credibility.’
Look, if winning the SEC was easy, it would be called your mom.
Wow, I’m receiving “intelligence” attacks from someone that just doesn’t get it. If you can’t see that a conference playing one less week of conference games helps the conference’s overall perception, then you should take a math class, because it is an indisputable fact.
Once again, playing 9 conference games against teams that aren’t good to begin with doesn’t matter. Alabama will play more players drafted in the NFL draft in eight games than most will play all year.
That’s what matters. Talent.
The SEC is loaded with it. Other conferences aren’t. That’s what you continue to ‘not get.’
Top to bottom the SEC is just better. Better players. Better coaches. Better teams. And obviously, smarter fans.
Better coaches cause teams in the SEC don’t mind paying top dollars cause college football just means more to fans in the south. Better teams, 9-2 in bowls speaks for itself. An SEC quarterback won a national championship plus you have TWO SEC QB’s in the super bowl, with 22 active players just from the SEC in the game, YES, better players.
Another cup cake scheduled for Bama. What with winning their 167 national championship!
That’s what Duke thought…
The matchup fans have been clamoring for.
Hey, I’m a Mercer fan and have been looking for an excuse to visit Bryant-Denny. Tickets should be relatively cheap and I get to cheer my team on where they will definitely need some support.
Rare Mercer mention here! I understand the Bears might get destroyed but happy to see them get a game in Alabama nonetheless. My only other concern is that they already have Auburn in 2017 too so it may be too much for Coach Lamb and the players to handle in one season. I’d rather have one of those two games moved to another year.
This is interesting, Bama has not played them since 1939/40, it like stepping back in time in some ways. Nice to see Mercer reinstated their football program, good for them.
What a joke.
What you fail to realize is that Saban wants to play an fcs school late in the season for two reasons: 1) To give his starters a rest before the Iron Bowl and 2) To evaluate his backup players for the following year especially with recruiting season around the corner. If there wasn’t an advantage for Saban to play an fcs progran, then he would not schedule one.
Alabama will win this game handily, but don’t forget Wofford beat SC, Jackson State lost to Auburn in OT, and GA Southern beat Florida last year. You can never count out an fcs team unless their playing Alabama under Saban.
Go Bears and Roll Tide!
The Citadel beat South Carolina. Jacksonville State lost in OT to Auburn.
Sorry. Thanks for the correction Jim.
SEC….Schedule Easy Cupcakes.
Playing Florida State,Fresno St. and Colorado St makes a legit schedule but Mercer? Holy crow….
It’s not that good of a non-conference schedule. One great neutral game, two above average Group of 5 teams, and an FCS team. This is in addition to 8 conference games.
Now compare that to USC: One great home game (Texas), One great away game (Notre Dame), one average Group of 5 team, and no FCS games. This is in addition to 9 conference games.
Yeah, real equal schedules. LOL. HAHAHAHAHA.
Great to see Mercer getting a big fat paycheck, but this is Bama vs a limited scholarship team.
Mercer has a full FCS complement now. They only played in the Pioneer for the initial season to get started. They’re exactly where Troy, Georgia Southern, App State and many other 1AA’s that have gone on to FBS were.
Max scholarship players for an FCS is 65 players… For FBS it’s 85.
Exceptionally impressive for the defending national champions to schedule such a powerhouse team. The rest of their schedule is OK. But, when are SEC schools going to bag the annual FCS opponent?
Yes, I to hate these FBS games. However, for fans of other schools to throw stones at Alabama for playing in these games is laughable. Check your own schedule. And by the way, Alabama had the toughest schedule in college football on their way to a national championship in 2015.
Sorry, but the Big 10 is bringing to an end games scheduled against FCS opponents. None on future schedules for Penn St. and Ohio St., for example and the Big 10 has eliminated one non-conference game all together and replaced it with a 9th conference game like the Pac 12.
Further, you hate FBS games? Alabama is FBS. Think you meant FCS. ;-)
Why don’t all you guy list your team and conference and brag on how much better it is than the SEC.
What no ba–s?
Just all MOUTH!!
USC is a joke and they’ll get pounded by Alabama next year just as bad as Mercer will in 2017 and 2021.
Lol. Okay. USC will finally be off sanctions and have a full roster of 85 scholarship players. Since 2011, this team has been crippled, playing with between 45-60 scholarship players. They were Alabama before unjust sanctions crippled them.
I love the Mercer Bears, but this is a disgrace. The results will be as unbalanced and unfair as Ga Southern/Bama 63 – 7. Shame on Bama, they should not play smaller schools. I hope the paycheck will be worth the injuries our team will incur.
that $300,000+ payday will pay for a lot of rehab.
Without these schools that are willing to share the wealth with the FCS some of the smaller schools might have to drop their programs. But some high and mighty schools like the Big Ten (or eleven or twelve) or Big Twelve ( or eleven or ten) want to keep all the money to themselves and not allow the smaller schools to have a chance to advance. Great that the SEC is doing this for the other schools.