Since it was announced, Alabama has been getting crushed for its 2018 football schedule. More-so for its non-conference schedule, as we all know what kind of gauntlet lays before teams in the SEC when they begin conference play.
The Crimson Tide haven't played a true non-conference home-and-home series since 2011 against Penn State. Alabama opens the 2018 season against Louisville, which will play without star quarterback 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.
Perhaps Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne has heard enough of the criticism. According to The Tuscaloosa News, Alabama is working on a home-and-home series with Notre Dame.
Alabama is negotiating to schedule a home-and-home football series with Notre Dame, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.
UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne would not confirm that the schools are in talks, but did say the athletic department is pursuing future two-game deals that would have Alabama play a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium and also play on the opposing school’s campus.
“I’ll say that we are exploring some home-and-homes,” Byrne said.
A Notre Dame-Alabama home-and-home series would be huge for college football. Ohio State and Oklahoma was a huge hit in 2016 and 2017, with the winner going on to play in the College Football Playoff.
The same could be true for Notre Dame and Alabama if the two historic programs come to an agreement.