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Alabama Adds Utah State To Non-Conference Schedule In 2022

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama added a new non-conference opponent to its upcoming schedule, and once again, it's a lesser opponent the Tide should have no trouble defeating. This has become a popular theme with the Crimson Tide, who seem to schedule easy non-conference opponents.

The reigning national champions' 2018 schedule is easy, to say the least. Alabama opens the season on a neutral site against Louisville, which is a major program, but the Cardinals aren't expected to be too good in the absence of Lamar Jackson.

The Crimson Tide's other non-conference games come against Arkansas State, Louisiana and The Citadel. None of those teams are expected to do much of anything. Those games, surely, will be blowouts.

College football insider Brett McMurphy revealed on Wednesday that the team has added Utah State to its non-conference schedule for the 2022 season.

That's a hefty price to pay. And yet, if it translates to a win, which it likely will, Nick Saban and Alabama will put itself in good position. Non-conference games haven't been a problem for the Tide in recent years, though that success have come with questions.

Should teams schedule cupcake games in order to finish the season with a better record? Or, should teams beef up their non-conference schedule in order to have a strong strength of record?

It's a debate that will rage on, likely for years to come.