The Alabama Crimson Tide is always working on filling up its future non-conference schedule slate and 2022 is no exception. Today it was revealed a new late-season non-conference team that will be heading to Tuscaloosa in three years.
On Friday, the Austin Peay Governors, an FCS squad from Clarksville, Tenn., announced that they would be heading to Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 19, 2022 for a first-ever road trip against the Crimson Tide.
"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. 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."
Austin Peay athletic director Gerald Harrison seemed to imply that scheduling the game was part of an effort to raise more for the athletics department.
Given how much Alabama pays its non-conference foes, it's hard to blame them, even if they know they'll probably lose by 50-60 points.
Austin Peay plays in the FCS's Ohio Valley Conference. But they've largely been a middling team for most of their 90-year history.
The Governors have only two conference titles in their history with the last one coming in 1977. They've produced only a handful of NFL players.
The last ten years have not been especially kind of the Governors either. Between 2013 and 2016 they went 1-45 overall. In the past two years they've regained some level of respectability, going 13-10 under former head coach Will Healy, who parlayed that impressive turnaround into the Charlotte job.
Suffice it to say, Austin Peay shouldn't represent much of a threat to Alabama, or any Power Five team that plays against them. But once again, it's not exactly a powerhouse that Alabama is inviting into their building.
However, in 2022, the rest of the Crimson Tide's non-conference schedule does have a bit more punch, as they'll be playing against Utah State, UL Monroe... and the Texas Longhorns.