Alabama’s Southeastern Conference schedule next year won't include meeting with Florida, Georgia or South Carolina. Instead, the Tide will face Tennessee and Kentucky from the Eastern Division.
The league's 2013 schedules were released today, revealing Auburn will host Georgia and Alabama will play Ole Miss at home for the second straight year.
Alabama also will play at Texas A&M for the second time in school history. They met there in 1988, with the Tide winning 30-10. Alabama also has games at Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky. Also, the Tide will host LSU, Arkansas, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
Auburn will play Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama at home and visit LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee.
With Missouri and Texas A&M entering the league this year, the 2013 schedule is considered a "bridge" schedule and not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC athletics directors will meet in the spring to discuss schedules for 2014 and beyond.
"As we began working on the 2013 football schedule, it became apparent that the conference would need another year of the ‘bridge’ schedule to make everything work,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a news release. “I appreciate the SEC transition team and our athletics directors, who came together to put this schedule in place. We look forward to starting with our new scheduling rotation in 2014."
Alabama’s 2013 schedule
Aug. 31, Virginia Tech (Atlanta)
Sept. 14, Texas A&M (away)
Sept. 28, Ole Miss (home)
Oct. 5, Georgia State (home)
Oct. 12, Kentucky (away)
Oct. 19, Arkansas (home)
Oct. 26, Tennessee (home)
Nov. 9, LSU (home)
Nov. 16, Mississippi State (away)
Nov. 23, Chattanooga (home)
Nov. 30, Auburn (away)
(one non-conference date to be filled)
Auburn's 2013 schedule
Sept. 14, Mississippi State (home)
Sept. 21, LSU (away)
Oct. 5, Ole Miss (home)
Oct. 19, Texas A&M (away)
Nov. 2, Arkansas (away)
Nov. 9, Tennessee (away)
Nov. 16, Georgia (home)
Nov. 30, Alabama (home)
(The non-conference portion of Auburn's 2013 schedule will be announced in the near future.)