The Alabama Crimson Tide and New Mexico State will meet for the first time in 2019, but the second meeting in the series has also been booked for 2021, according to a report.
FBSchedules.com reports Alabama has locked in a home game against the FBS independent program for November 13, 2021. The game is the 12th and final game to be included on the 2021 schedule along with a full slate of eight SEC games and additional non-conference matchups with Miami, Southern Mississippi and Mercer. According to the documents obtained by FBSchedules.com, Alabama will pay New Mexico State $1.9 million for the home game.
Alabama will open the 2021 season against the Miami Hurricanes in Atlanta, satisfying the SEC’s scheduling requirement to play at least one game against another power conference opponent. Alabama has generally been pretty good about scheduling power conference competition over the years. That trend continues with Duke in 2019, USC in 2020, Miami in 2021, a home-and-home series with Texas in 2022 and 2023 and a future home-and-home series with Notre Dame in 2028 and 2029.
New Mexico State continues to fill its schedule with power conference opponents whenever possible. The Aggies have future games scheduled against Washington State, Ole Miss, UCLA, Florida, and Minnesota.
Alabama is scheduled to host New Mexico State for the first time on September 7, 2019.