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Alabama AD Responds To Criticism Of 2019 Football Schedule

Nick Saban reacting to an Alabama football game.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama football's non-conference schedule has taken more than its share of criticism this off-season. It is noticeably and undeniably light.

The Crimson Tide open up with a neutral site game against Duke and play host to New Mexico State, Southern Miss and Western Carolina. Not exactly a Murderers' Row outside of the SEC.

ESPN and CBS Sports have made note of Alabama's slate, and opposing fans have voiced their complaints as well. Alabama AD Greg Byrne even responded to one on Twitter.

Byrne offered his take to a Twitter user who compared Alabama's non-con games to other SEC teams who scheduled more quality opponents. He tried to explain why scheduling can be an issue.

Scheduling is challenging. It takes two teams to make it work where there is mutual interest and dates that work.

We are very appreciative of the schools who have agreed to H&H series (TX, WVU, ND & OU). Working on more & occasional neutral. #RollTide

Now, is this response satisfying enough for the masses? Probably not, and it is a fair point that Alabama's non-conference schedule should look better than this.

On that note, Byrne is correct when he points out the Tide's future schedules are shaping up nicely.

All of this will likely be moot if and when 'Bama goes undefeated or has at worst one loss in SEC play.