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'Bama to get a wee bit of relief from bye-week blues

Defending national champion Alabama will face a league-high six opponents that are coming off a bye week, and it seems to be a virtual certainty that they will not receive any relief from the SEC on what some perceive to be an inequitable scheduling situation.

The Tide will, however, be getting a modicum of relief from a non-conference opponent.

According to Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register, Alabama’s Nov. 20 game against Georgia State has been moved to Thursday night, Nov. 18.  The move will give Alabama eight days before their annual Iron Bowl showdown with Auburn as opposed to six.  The Tigers, of course, will head into the in-state rivalry coming off a bye.

“We have a number of scheduling challenges this year in football and this was the best way for us to deal with one of those,” UA athletics director Mal Moore said in a statement. “We explored all options available to us, with our players’ health and safety in mind. This was our best remedy. We deeply appreciate everyone’s cooperation, particularly (UA president) Dr. (Robert) Witt and Georgia State.”

“This whole Alabama opportunity has been a huge boost for our program from the very beginning,” former Tide and current Georgia State head coach Bill Curry said. “We are fortunate to be able to play a game in Tuscaloosa, and we believe that moving from Saturday to Thursday can give it added appeal for our players and our fans because Thursday night games have become so special in college football.

“We’ll make the necessary adjustments and go play the game.”

This will be Div. 1-AA Georgia State’s first year of college football — ever — so this game has been viewed as nothing more than a glorified scrimmage for the Tide.  Still, it gives Alabama an extra two days to recover from whatever bumps or bruises — or paper cuts or stomach pains caused by fits of laughter — incurred during the game before their backyard brawl the day after Thanksgiving.

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  1. CleanSlaton says: Jul 1, 2010 2:13 PM

    War Eagle!

  2. blitz4848 says: Jul 1, 2010 3:16 PM

    This will be a “must see” game for sure–can u say 70-0!!!! If that won’t boost us in the polls then let’s do 91-0……..Roll Tide…..

  3. Sean Martin says: Jul 1, 2010 3:19 PM

    Georgia State’s first year, and their first game against an FBS opponent.
    Talk about a cupcake game for Alabama. That is ridiculous. The score will be murderous.

  4. Deb says: Jul 1, 2010 3:27 PM

    For the health and safety of Bama’s players, I’m glad they were able to work something out with Georgia State. Hits take their toll, even if one opponent seems less threatening than another. And never underestimate the scrappiness of an underdog w/nothing to lose. Alabama’s SEC schedule speaks for itself. Clearly the SEC isn’t concerned about obvious inequities. But meeting six conference opponents coming off their byes is the hand we were dealt and we’ll play it.
    ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!

  5. Sweepthleg says: Jul 1, 2010 4:33 PM

    Yeah GSU comes into the season undefeated ALL-TIME! Never lost a game and a opponet as fierce as that cannot be taken lightly by the Might Crimson Tide.
    Freaking Pussies

  6. Deb says: Jul 1, 2010 5:12 PM

    @Sweepthleg …
    If you’re talking to me, dimwit, I don’t disrespect opponents by counting a win before the game is played–regardless of the circumstances. Doubt a loudmouth like you would get that.
    Alabama has a tough schedule other than this game, which puts Georgia State on a big stage in its first season. So Bill Curry isn’t complaining. And assuming Alabama does win, Saban isn’t known for running up the score.
    You can slink back under your rock now. The other slimy things are getting lonely.

  7. wxwax says: Jul 1, 2010 5:16 PM

    “The health and safety of Bama’s players” ??????
    Are you kidding me?
    Tiny Georgia State, which has never, ever played a collegiate football game, will be getting pounded by Alabama’s bigger, stronger, faster and meaner football players.
    GaState players should be in fear for their lives.
    “The health and safety of Bama’s players”?
    Good grief. What a myopic point of view.

  8. Sean Martin says: Jul 1, 2010 6:14 PM

    wxwax,
    As much as I disagree with the undertone of your comment, I will clarify what I believe Deb was inferring:
    It is the last game of the season for Alabama, bar a possible SEC Championship game and/or a bowl game. Alabama will most likely be in these two games.
    Deb, I think, was inferring that the Crimson Tide players will be fortunate to all walk away from that game uninjured for the possible two games following their match-up with Georgia State.

  9. Deb says: Jul 1, 2010 7:46 PM

    OH GOOD GRIEF!!!
    I’M NOT concerned about Georgia State. I’m concerned about AUBURN. The IRON BOWL. Other than an SEC Championship or National Championship, THE biggest game of Bama’s season. Ring a bell?
    Strength of opponent is irrelevant. Football is a high-risk game for injuries. My pro team’s RT just suffered a season-ending injury in a non-contact drill. The more games you play in close proximity, the more wear and tear on the body, the greater the risk of injury. Period. Try to see the Big Picture, wxwax.
    So YES! Even if some starters sit out the Georgia State game, had things stayed as they were, I would be concerned about the health & safety of Bama players. That’s because they’d have FOUR DAYS to prep … and their FIERCEST RIVALS would have TWO WEEKS OF REST … for a game where everyone tries to KNOCK HELL out of each other. I want ALL our coaches and players focused on AUBURN for more than FOUR DAYS. And thank goodness, now they’ll have eight.
    That shouldn’t be sooo difficult to grasp, wxwax.
    @Sean Martin … thanks for trying :)

  10. Sweepthleg says: Jul 1, 2010 7:50 PM

    I guess @Deb
    No, I wasn’t refering to you (another woman who thinks the world revolves around them). I was refering to the “freaking pussies” in the Alabama Athletic department who keep whining about thier schedule. They need to suck it up and play the games and the glorified scrimage against the GSU Panthers is not something to be feared.
    So get off your high hourse lady. And don’t assume anything becuase it mainly makes you look like an ass. Douche bag thin skinned Alabama fans should just be happy they don’t suck anymore and quit the whining about their schedule.

  11. Deb says: Jul 1, 2010 10:50 PM

    @Sweepthleg …
    You’re right–I shouldn’t have assumed you were referring to me. And you shouldn’t assume we’re afraid and whining. I’m PISSED at inequitable scheduling, but not worried about the Tide being able to handle it. Like you said, we don’t suck anymore–which REALLY seems to upset you. Otherwise YOU wouldn’t keep whining about all the “freaking pussies” at Bama.
    ROLL TIDE!!

  12. lsufan75 says: Jul 1, 2010 10:55 PM

    We explored all options available to us, with our players’ health and safety in mind. This was our best remedy.
    Sounds like alabama is just scared to play auburn. They cant play Auburn after 6 days rest because its to risky for the players but can play a football game after just 5 days. Doesnt sound like theyre worried about the players to me.

  13. John Taylor says: Jul 1, 2010 11:01 PM

    Summer camps are still a month away from starting, and Deb’s already in midseason form. This is gonna be a fun 2010 season at CFT. ;-)

  14. Deb says: Jul 1, 2010 11:07 PM

    ROFL John, I am sooo ready for some football! ;)

  15. WingT says: Jul 1, 2010 11:09 PM

    Where is everybody getting 8 days between games ? Doesn’t Alabama / Auburn happen on Friday?

  16. John Taylor says: Jul 1, 2010 11:16 PM

    Yes, the Iron Bowl is on a Friday. The ‘Bama/GSU game will now be played the preceding Thursday, hence the eight days for the Tide to “recover”.

  17. John Taylor says: Jul 1, 2010 11:19 PM

    @ Deb: You, me and I think just about everybody else. Some actual games would be nice to discuss/bitch about.

  18. WingT says: Jul 1, 2010 11:46 PM

    So you are counting the day of the game as a recovery game…ok??

  19. Sean Martin says: Jul 2, 2010 1:38 AM

    WingT,
    Check out the schedule on http://www.espn.com.

  20. T-town Will says: Aug 3, 2010 6:34 AM

    To those of you who have never played football, that is why they have two a days in the heat of August, To get in optimum physical condition, Now back to the scheduling, This was done I’m guessing a few years if not decades back, But all Bama can do is suck it up and play there best , and Play for WINS ! Not Moral Victories! If there is a such a thing?

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