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Tide completes ’14 slate with S. Miss game

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The lone hole remaining on Alabama’s 2014 schedule has been filled.

In joint press releases, Alabama and Southern Miss announced that they have agreed to a one-off game next season.  The game is slated for Sept. 13, 2014, and, of course, will be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The 2014 meeting will mark the 43rd game between the two football programs, with Southern Miss noting it’s the fourth-longest series in the school’s history.  The Tide and Eagles have not played since the 2005 season.

UA had previously announced 2014 games against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, FAU and FCS-level Western Carolina.  In late August, the SEC released the 2014 conference schedule.

The Southern Miss contest gives the Tide seven home games, four road games and one neutral site game (Georgia Dome) next season.

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17 Responses to “Tide completes ’14 slate with S. Miss game”
  1. reallythinkhere says: Nov 20, 2013 3:52 PM

    Way to step up the competition to welcome in the new playoff system.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    My take on this is, If you’re Bama, you’re looking for a middle of the road type of team that wont kill your SOS. You don’t really want a tough challenge team now as your in conference SOS will be very fairly high and your legacy should be enough to carry you into a 4 team playoff even with 1 loss, barring 4 other undefeated teams. S. Miss though may not even be that middle of the road team you want…. and an FCS team is definitely a SOS buster.

    On the flip side though, if you’re a decent team and you think you even may have a shot at the top 4, there is NO WAY you’re scheduling a Bama less than year out. So Bama was probably limited in who could and would fill this spot.

  3. nacho50 says: Nov 20, 2013 4:15 PM

    I think its fair to say that the Georgia dome is no longer a neutral site for bama and more of a home game considering how often they have chosen to play there during the regular season.

  4. dryzzt23 says: Nov 20, 2013 4:44 PM

    Yawn – ‘Bama is just another overhyped/overrated SEC team that get every call to go their way, they overrecruit but the NCAA looks the other way etc.

  5. dhalb34 says: Nov 20, 2013 5:06 PM

    I won’t say Bama is overrated. They are a great football program. I just wish all of the big five conferences ( Big 10, PAC 12, SEC, ACC, and Big 12) would play each other for their non-conf schedule instead of these scrub teams in other conferences. I hope with this new playoff system out will. Because who wants to watch FSU vs Idaho, or Bama vs Chattanooga, this deep into the season other than FSU and Bama fans?

  6. mediocrebob says: Nov 20, 2013 5:14 PM

    Dryzz-

    Explain yourself please? Overrated? Overhyped?

    I guess it’s just one of those situations where Bama has gotten lucky 3 out of 4 years with calls and what not. Happens all the time!

  7. rolltide510 says: Nov 20, 2013 5:56 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Nov 20, 2013 4:44 PM
    Yawn – ‘Bama is just another overhyped/overrated SEC team that get every call to go their way, they overrecruit but the NCAA looks the other way etc.

    ^ fan of bad team; chose Dungeons & Dragons handle for college football message board. ‘Nuff said.

  8. imaduffer says: Nov 20, 2013 5:59 PM

    Southern Mississippi is 0-10.

  9. halbert53 says: Nov 20, 2013 7:09 PM

    Until last 2 seasons had about 15 straight winning seasons and was Conference USA champion before the bottom fell out. So yes they are down now but typically a Top 40 program , what I would call a mid-major.

  10. sssjim7 says: Nov 20, 2013 7:39 PM

    @imaduffer – Southern Miss is 0-22 (for now)

    Yeah, they will come back someday… but not next year… best to play them now while they are down… this is apparently a one-off game with no return visit.

    Still better than playing an FCS team, though… maybe…

  11. dannygjay says: Nov 20, 2013 8:02 PM

    As a Bama fan living in Hattiesburg, I know this game is very attractive to recruits of USM. They needed this financially also. I am very happy for them.

  12. dcroz says: Nov 20, 2013 8:45 PM

    No, there is no return visit. The Tide has never played in Hattiesburg, but there’s a reason for that. USM’s stadium is less than half the size of BDS, and the Golden Eagles bring about as many fans to Tuscaloosa as they have at a home game–they do travel well when playing the Tide–so they actually make more money for the short trip (the two schools are less than three hours apart on I-59, which passes directly through both cities) than they would staying at home.

    Normally, USM plays ‘Bama well and have pulled off a few victories in their last several meetings, including a 27-24 Brett Farve-led win in 1990 in Gene Stallings’ debut game as Tide HC, and a 21-0 victory in 2000 that helped Alabama to a 3-8 record and the dismissal of Mike Dubose as coach. While I would prefer to see this rivalry renewed in better circumstances as it looks like the Golden Eagles are about to have their second straight winless season, still I’m glad to see the two teams playing again.

  13. buzzbeaubank says: Nov 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    I was at the 21-0 loss in 2000. Preseason #3 LOL. I don’t know which was worse, the last second home loss to UCF or the 9-0 Iron Bowl loss in the freezing rain and sleet.

  14. Tim's Neighbor says: Nov 20, 2013 10:23 PM

    Bama is the best team in football. Why are they playing some of the worst?

  15. normtide says: Nov 21, 2013 12:18 AM

    Hard to call this a rivalry, but I always enjoyed our series with Southern Miss. It was against them that Prothro had the all time greatest catch. Personally, I think they should have never fired Bower. Fedora was good, but the job was a stepping stone for him. I wish then luck.

    As for Bama’s SOS, I have three points to make. First, the SEC slate will take care of it. Second, WV was scheduled they were playing pretty good ball. In fact with Bama starting a new QB, this could be a very good game. It’s that spread that people think Bama can’t handle. Check the record on that BTW. Third, and most relevant, the SEC champ will always make the playoff. An SEC team will not be passed over for another team with the same record. Hate thus post all you want, but you know it’s true

  16. reallythinkhere says: Nov 21, 2013 12:54 AM

    normtide:

    I agree with your on WVU. You cannot predict how terrible a team will be (or good) when you schedule them years out. However, the rest of the noncon schedule is crap.

    And that SEC schedule takes care of it mantra is crap. I am not arguing the SEC is bad, just that at this point you can’t argue which conference is better than another. What is the SEC signature non-con win this year? A mediocre VA Tech team? How do you say they are so tough without them actually proving it against decent foes?

    And again, that same argument holds true for other conferences as well. As fans we got cheated out of any true non-conference games this year that meant anything.

    Plus, the 8 game SEC schedule will always make it look like a “tough” conference. Any conference that plays 9 games guarantees half of their teams an extra loss. It is nice to say all your teams are better but prove it on the field rather than scheduling a short conference schedule and 3 intentionally weak teams OOC.

    The scheduling disparities between conferences is the biggest problem we have now. As bad as the BCS is, the teams trying to take advantage of the system by scheduling easy are worse.

  17. normtide says: Nov 21, 2013 1:05 AM

    You act like I’m the only one that sees it that way. Or only southerners do. It seems voters in the polls do too. Voters from across the nation. Pundits across the nation. I’m not saying the SEC is omnipotent. But it’s just as foolish to say the SEC isn’t the top league.

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