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Alabama Reportedly Adding 2 More Power Programs To Future Schedules

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Coaches Press Conference.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 07: University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Coaches Press Conference on January 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Alabama has taken some heat for weak scheduling recently. Next year's Crimson Tide slate is especially non-daunting.

Phil Steele recently put out his strength of schedule rankings for 2018. Alabama comes in 54th in the country, despite playing in the SEC West.

The Crimson Tide's non-conference slate is headlined by a Lamar Jackson-less Louisville squad. Arkansas State, Louisiana, and The Citadel round things out.

In 2017, Alabama thought it was getting a real challenge to kick things off. It traveled to Atlanta to face Florida State to open the season.

Things didn't quite work out that way. Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois went down with a season-ending patella tendon injury, Alabama won 24-7, and FSU wound up going just 7-6, barely sneaking into bowl contention.

Now, Alabama's starting to ramp things up in non-conference play.

Earlier today, we learned that the Crimson Tide are in the works for a home-and-home with Notre Dame. That would give Alabama an extremely rare non-conference road game. From The Tuscaloosa News:

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.

The Notre Dame series is not the only one in the works, per new reports. 'Bama could also be getting a home-and-home with the Texas Longhorns.

Birmingham radio host Jim Dunaway reports as much, which has also been confirmed by Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa NewsDunaway also says that the Tide could once again open its season against USC in a neutral site game.

That's certainly one way to revamp a future schedules list. In 2019, Nick Saban's squad opens up with Duke in Atlanta, which probably won't turn many heads. In 2021, the Tide do have Miami to start the year, also in Atlanta.