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‘Bama cancels future series with Michigan State

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Is this the point in the program were we talk about Alabama showing SEC speed in hightailing it away from a Big Ten school*?

Any way, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis confirmed in a text message to the Detroit Free Press that, at the Tide’s request, a football series scheduled for 2016 and 2017 has been canceled.  The former game was to have been played in Tuscaloosa, the latter in East Lansing.

Alabama cited question marks surrounding future SEC schedules — the conference is still considering moving from eight to nine league games — as the reason behind its request.

“Alabama requested to cancel the series due to uncertainty with the SEC schedule,” Hollis wrote in a text message today. “While disappointed, in the spirit of collegiality, we agreed to the request.”

The Tide’s decision to dump the series actually helps MSU schedule-wise as the Big Ten will move to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016; the Spartans already had four non-conference games agreed upon for that season — Eastern Michigan, Furman and Notre Dame being the others — and would’ve needed to dump one anyway.  Hollis seemed to intimate, however, that he was looking to add another high-profile game that season, which would mean getting rid of either EMU or the FCS school.

On the Alabama side of the equation, Michigan State was the only non-conference game scheduled for the 2016 season.  They also have a 2017 game scheduled with Colorado State.

(*Lighten up, Francis.  it was a joke.)

UPDATED 4:28 p.m. ET: Alabama athletic director Bill Battle released a statement addressing the cancellation of the MSU series.

Michigan State graciously granted our request to cancel the games previously scheduled for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. We made the request due to the uncertainty of the conference football schedule in those years. We are very appreciative of Michigan State’s willingness to grant that request.”

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46 Responses to “‘Bama cancels future series with Michigan State”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Nine conference games are too many.

  2. BrownsTown says: Sep 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Cowards

    So other than Colorado St in 2017, there is nobody else scheduled? Why not just avoid the cupcakes for dessert?

  3. chc4 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:01 PM

    Why would any team be scared of Michigan State?

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 26, 2013 3:06 PM

    SEC teams just don’t want to play road out of conference games.

    As the conference that touts it’s dominance over college football they sure do a great job of isolating their OOC games to a slim few that are even remotely competitive.

  5. chc4 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    SEC teams just don’t want to play road out of conference games.
    _________________________________

    Like Tennessee @ Oregon, UGA @ Clemson or LSU @ TCU (game was in Dallas but still)? Heck even Arkansas @ Rutgers.

    When was the last time Ohio State played a non conference game (home or road) against someone other than a FIU or Youngstown State?

  6. colinksu says: Sep 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    Cal two weeks ago.

  7. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    “Like Tennessee @ Oregon, UGA @ Clemson or LSU @ TCU (game was in Dallas but still)? Heck even Arkansas @ Rutgers.”

    Two tough games out of what 50 or so OOC games in the SEC, 1 neutral site and Rutgers.

    Thanks for proving my point.

  8. patschuster7106 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    Reblogged this on Schu Football Report.

  9. dcroz says: Sep 26, 2013 3:32 PM

    And ‘Bama @ Penn State in 2011, Florida @ Miami this season, LSU @ Washington a few years ago…we could go on and on. While Saban cited the potential nine-game schedule as the reason for canceling the series, I suspect it may really be about clearing the way for playing in Ireland (quite possibly against ND) in 2016 and/or 2017. If not that, then certainly more neutral-site games in Atlanta, Dallas, or other venues in prime recruiting territory, something that a home-and-home against MSU doesn’t accomplish nearly as well.

  10. tigersfandan says: Sep 26, 2013 3:43 PM

    I’m quite anti-SEC, but shouldn’t we note that they have a very tough conference schedule? It’s not like Bama will play cupcakes all year.

  11. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 26, 2013 3:51 PM

    chc4: Do you actually believe the tripe you post?

    LSU played TCU this season in their backyard. Look it up, rather than being lazy.

    LSU played recent series home and home with Washington, and West Virginia. They have scheduled home and home with Oklahoma and with Wisconsin (at Houston and at Lambeau Field).

    What more difficult in-conference schedule can a team have, than to play Alabama, TAMU, Georgia, Florida, and the SEC West schedule?

    Make that 9 SEC games with two crossovers to the East and LSU will be scheduled to play Georgia and Florida every season while another team will play TN & KY, if SEC schedulers have final say.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Sep 26, 2013 3:06 PM
    SEC teams just don’t want to play road out of conference games.
    _______________________________

    The Aggies have a home and home scheduled with Oregon in a few years….

    They are also pursuing an annual non conference game against Texas…

  13. Anoesis says: Sep 26, 2013 4:02 PM

    I suppose it was very difficult to decided which game(s) should get dumped: Keep FCS (home games) on schedule, cancel FBS (away game) team.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 26, 2013 4:27 PM

    I seriously doubt you’ll see a lot of power teams scheduling FCS teams in the future as SOS is going to be a determining factor in the 4 playoff teams.

  15. Deb says: Sep 26, 2013 4:44 PM

    tigersfandan …

    Had figured you for an LSU or Auburn fan, but since you’re anti-SEC, which Tigers do you support? And thanks for the objective post.

  16. Deb says: Sep 26, 2013 4:52 PM

    Anoesis …

    Scheduling FCS opponents isn’t unique to Alabama or to SEC teams, as I’m sure you know. Your team (USC) is one of the few that doesn’t routinely schedule at least one FCS opponent each year.

    My position is that no FBS team should play an FCS opponent–and I hope 8to80texansblog is right that the playoff standards will eliminate the practice. But I also hope playoffs eliminate this practice of scheduling OOC games years in advance. How could anyone possibly know in 2013 whether Michigan State will be a competitive opponent for Alabama in 2017? Or whether Alabama will be a competitive opponent for Michigan State?

    Every team should be rethinking its long-term schedule in terms of the new playoff picture.

  17. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:53 PM

    Come on, folks…..what is Bama’s team going to look like 4 years from now? What about Oregon? 4 years ago, Texas went undefeated and played in the BCS NCG. Now, they will struggle to get 6 wins.

    Besides, we should wait until we find out who it is being replaced with. It very well could be an FSU….who is on the upswing, unlike that power team, Michigan State.

  18. buckeye1nation says: Sep 26, 2013 5:03 PM

    “When was the last time Ohio State played a non conference game (home or road) against someone other than a FIU or Youngstown State?”

    2003 Washington, 2003 and 2004 NC State, 2005 and 2006 Texas, 2007 Washington, 2008 and 2009 USC, 2010 and 2011 Miami, 2011 Colorado, 2012 Cal. I could go back to the Notre Dame series farther back or the Florida State series even before that, but I think the point has been made. Before you go asking questions about other team’s schedules, make sure you have your facts straight.

  19. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:08 PM

    Great minds, Deb.

    Lest we forget, the powerhouse’s in the FBS, used to only play 4 games a year, while Harvard and Yale played 9. The benefit for FBS schools playing FCS schools, impacts their recruiting, increases their financial ability to improve the program, etc. A prime example is Georgia State: They will play Bama for the 3rd time this year, out of 5 years since they have been playing football. Next year, they will join a conference, due to the money they get from playing FBS schools. The FCS schools are the only ones that benefits from those scheduled games.

  20. stairwayto7 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    Who remembers that Bama cancelled the PSU series in 02-03 and had it rescheduled for last 2 years. If the SEC is so strong, play at Midwest team in November when its cold, so their great player can see what its like in the NFL!

  21. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    The SEC put 65 players in the NFL last year, through the draft.

  22. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    @Deb…..I believe tigersfandan is a Detroit Tigers fan, and a Michigan Wolverine, by birth.

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    bamafan36 says:
    Sep 26, 2013 4:53 PM
    Come on, folks…..what is Bama’s team going to look like 4 years from now? What about Oregon? 4 years ago, Texas went undefeated and played in the BCS NCG. Now, they will struggle to get 6 wins.
    ____________________________

    I pretty much loathe everything you say but that’s actually a very good point….

  24. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 26, 2013 6:02 PM

    cometkazie says: Sep 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Nine conference games are too many.
    ************************************
    Pac 10 did it for years.

    Love to see the SEC play in Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania during November. Too bad that can’t happen. Would like to how those teams do in 30/40 degree weather, high wind, rain, sleet or snow, or all of the aforementioned, during one game.

    Ya know, since the SEC gets OOC games in September.

    Off topic: I think playing FCS teams is ridiculous. FCS games should not count toward wins for bowl eligibility. I don’t like it that they allow it.

  25. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    @blindcrippledorcrazy…..we DO have something in common. LOL

    Thanks for the approval. For the record….I liked and agreed with your last post about the power teams.

  26. chc4 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    @ alligatorsnapper — What are you talking about dude? I wasn’t ripping on LSU… I was supporting the SEC. Get some glasses you jabrone.

  27. martinporres says: Sep 26, 2013 6:19 PM

    “Lighten up Francis!” Nice Stripes reference! Classic!

  28. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    @ratsfoiledagain….I would love to see USC, Oregon, Washington, OSU, ND, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pitt play in TidalTown, the bayou, the swamp, the home of the 12th man, between the hedges, Columbia, and anywhere in Mississippi during the Dog Days of Summer. It’s a hellofasight easier to get warm than it is to cool down. 100 degrees, with 98% humidity, no wind, and no clouds in sight.

  29. ratsfoiledagain says: Sep 26, 2013 6:39 PM

    bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:32 PM

    @ratsfoiledagain….I would love to see USC, Oregon, Washington, OSU, ND, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pitt play in TidalTown, the bayou, the swamp, the home of the 12th man, between the hedges, Columbia, and anywhere in Mississippi during the Dog Days of Summer. It’s a hellofasight easier to get warm than it is to cool down. 100 degrees, with 98% humidity, no wind, and no clouds in sight.
    ****************************
    I agree. Just saying SEC team do get to play up north in November, but northern teams head south in September. Washington V LSU a few years ago. The northern teams have to deal with southern weather, but southern teams do necessarily deal with northern weather. It’s just the way it is…..

  30. dcroz says: Sep 26, 2013 9:49 PM

    Sorry, but I seem to forget the last time a blizzard hit the Midwest in mid-November. It cools off there by then, but hardly to the Ice Bowl-like conditions than some on here seem to act like it does (and it usually gets chilly down here in the South around then, too). And do you really think any Big Ten teams want to play an SEC team (and vice-versa) in November? Right in the thick of conference play? Can you seriously see Ohio State and Alabama wanting to play each other the week before Michigan and Auburn, respectively, regardless of whether in Columbus or Tuscaloosa?

  31. normtide says: Sep 26, 2013 10:41 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of venom. Guess it’s easy to see who has been winning the last few years.

    First, the SEC champ will ALWAYS be in the playoff. Write that down. SEC teams already have great SOS, even with the cupcakes.

    Is the cold weather thing all you got? Because faster and stronger is still faster and stronger in the cold. I’ve seen people from Wisconsin wear a heavy cost in the south during winter. I’ve also been up north during winter, my body didn’t shut down. Your making a very week point. Your smart, listen to yourself.

    You complain about a eight game league slate, then complain about nine one. That’s petty.

    Didn’t the darling pac cancel a boat load of games vs the b1g, for exactly the same thing? Are you so afraid, that petty posts are all you have?

    Instead of using the thumbs, actually respond to my points. Thumbs just mean I am right, but you hate the truth.

  32. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    @chc4:
    buckeyenation beat me to the punch listing OOC teams tOSU has played such as Texas, USC, Miami, etc. One reason for our 2013 “cupcake” schedule is that Vanderbilt (aren’t they an SEC team?) cancelled a home and home scheduled for this year and next. The only team with a free date was FAMU.

  33. bamafan36 says: Sep 26, 2013 11:21 PM

    So you were hanging your OOC SOS on Vandy? That’s like Bama saying that we play VT this year……so there! LOL. Come on, guy.

  34. djm426 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:02 AM

    Sec is by far the dominant conf. Any team ranked in Bcs should have to travel to play 2 sec teams in first 5 weeks to keep their ranking. I live in Philadelphia, and I’d rather watch sec football than any other college or nfl game

  35. neelymessier says: Sep 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    Big Ten fans are high on the past. The SEC is by far the most dominant conference. November? I lived in Michigan. The average temperature is about 50. The first snow hits in December or later. Jealous much? SEC has four championships in a row, while the Big Ten cries about schedules while playing MAC schools

  36. neelymessier says: Sep 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    Ohio State was SO impressive in the Buffalo game. Alabama would beat them easily.

  37. neelymessier says: Sep 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    those with two thumbs down on last comment probably thought Notre Dame belonged on the field with Alabama last years championship.

  38. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 27, 2013 2:33 PM

    neelymessier says:
    Sep 27, 2013 10:50 AM
    SEC has four championships in a row, while the Big Ten cries about schedules while playing MAC schools

    _______________________

    Four in a row!!! Wow!! That’s impressive!

  39. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 27, 2013 2:34 PM

    And yes, I thumbs downed my own comment after I read it again and realized how rude it was….

    My apologies….

  40. John Taylor says: Sep 27, 2013 2:37 PM

    And here I thought I was the only one who thumbed down my own comments. Small world. Still wouldn’t want to paint it, though.

  41. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 27, 2013 2:50 PM

    The simple reason Alabama won’t play Michigan State is that they want to play a Division I school, a BCS school and not a Division III (If Delany has his way) school out of the B1G.

    RTR

  42. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 27, 2013 3:12 PM

    Ask Michigan how they liked playing Alabama OOC.

    Dirty truth is that the BCS powers schedule FCS schools for home games in September to make money. Pay FAMU or CSU $575K to $900K to play at OSU or Alabama and you’re talking serious $. Parking, concessions, tickets, hotels, restaurants and a BCS power can take in an easy $10 million dollars for one home game. Multiple that by three FCS schools. Cha-ching. That is without TV revenue.

    Sad truth. It is only going to get bigger with the advent of Super Conferences.

    Enjoy college football now, these are the good old days.

    RTR

  43. cincyfredo says: Sep 27, 2013 4:36 PM

    Mich St quickly scheduled in North-East Illinois. Jimbo Delaney was happy.

  44. speedel says: Sep 27, 2013 5:53 PM

    the problem is now that because there is no ooc games with quality how do you rate the top 4? the best of the sec was the best team last season (despite losing a conference game) but south Carolina was only just better then a 9-5 Michigan team. lsu lost to Clemson and Florida lost to Louisville.

    being good in the sec does not guarantee you will be good against the best of other conferences. thus the we play the best week in, week out is ludicrous.

    6 team play off. votes decide seeds top 2 get week one off. big 5 conference champions and one at large (record is the number one consideration, most likely an undefeated bus buster or independent [nd, byu, services]

  45. bamafan36 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:05 PM

    While I enjoyed reading your diatribe, I must admit that I couldn’t control my laughter. When your top 5 from any and all other conferences can play with our top 5, we will talk about who who has the best conference. Until then, sit back and watch us rake in more crystal. Until ND joins a conference, and plays for a conference championship, they never belong in a BCS game again. Although, I thoroughly enjoyed watching them struggle to muster 14 against our 3rd team. When you go to 6 teams, #7 & #8 will be pissed because “they deserved to be there”. MTV had a show to explain that phenomen……Ridiculousness.

  46. mwanning says: Oct 2, 2013 9:53 PM

    Let’s remember something. Alabama originally put the pushover Georgia Southern on its schedule because of …. a conference adding another game. They had a home & home with a known FSB school. That school’s conference required another conference game and at the absolute last minute that school cancelled on Alabama. Alabama had to really scramble to find someone to fill in that game and they settled on Ga. Southern — and I suspect it was because the coach there was a former Alabama head coach who still had ties. It appears to me like Alabama, anticipating another SEC game (which Saban recommended and is pushing) did not want to screw over Michigan State (a school he coached at) the way Alabama was screwed over a few years back.

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