This bit of scheduling news, not surprisingly, flew a bit under the radar, with the fine folks at FBschedules.com pointing out that FCS Austin Peay on Thursday announced a future game with Alabama. Specifically, the nonconference matchup will take place at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022.
The financial windfall the Governors will realize for what will essentially serve as an in-season scrimmage for the Crimson Tide has not yet been released, although it will likely be in excess of $1 million and perhaps even closer to $1.5 million as the price of cupcakes continues to go up for Power Five schedule bakers.
“This trip to Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium will provide our student-athletes another great opportunity to display their talents and the Austin Peay spirit on the national stage,” said Austin Peay athletic director Gerald Harrison in a statement. “Obviously games such as this are necessary to assist our department as we work hard to provide a premium student-athlete experience for all of our sports.
“Scheduling these games takes much coordination and we would like to thank all those involved for assisting us as we took the necessary steps to make this opportunity possible.”
This will mark the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Austin Peay.
That same season, Alabama has non-conference games with Utah State and Louisiana-Monroe. There’s also a home-and-home series with Texas that kicks off in Austin in 2022. The Longhorns will travel to Tuscaloosa the following season for the second game of the series.