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Alabama's Talks With Notre Dame, Texas Could Change Scheduling Narrative

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SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 07: A member of Notre Dame Fighting Irish holds up his helmet on the opening kickoff during the game against the Stanford Cardinal on October 7, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Alabama's talks with Notre Dame and Texas are coming at an interesting time.

Last week, Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News reported that Alabama is currently negotiating a home-and-home series with Notre Dame - and "working on" a home-and-home with Texas as well. If either contract got done, obviously, it would be a huge deal.

Alabama's discussions with the Fighting Irish and Longhorns come at a time when many are starting to criticize the Crimson Tide's scheduling practices.

The main criticism? Alabama has not played an out-of-conference home-and-home since 2010-2011 - when they played Penn State.

The Crimson Tide has played a number of big-time opponents to kick off seasons since - but they've all been netural site games.

Suttles pointed out that Alabama has only played two home-and-home series since Saban took over in 2007.

In the Nick Saban era (2007 to date), Alabama has participated in the home-and-home with Penn State and concluded the Duke home-and-home series by traveling to Duke in 2010.

Alabama certainly hasn't suffered from its scheduling practices. Saban and the Tide have won five national titles in the past nine years. But the critics have gotten a bit louder when it comes to who they're playing during the regular season.

Alabama opens the 2018 schedule against Louisville in Orlando, Florida.