Alabama has announced a home-and-home series against Virginia Tech. The first game of the new series will be held on September 2, 2034, at Blacksburg, Virginia. The second game is set for September 1, 2035 at Tuscaloosa.
Virginia Tech played Alabama in the final game of the 2017 season. The Hokies lost 26-16 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Alabama won its sixth national championship that year with this game being one of four postseason games.
The Hokies are 3-3 all time vs. Bama with their last game coming in 1992 when they lost 24-7 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has an overall record of 33-12-1 against Virginia Tech.
There have been seven Heisman Trophies given out at the annual awards ceremony held each December. Five players from five different schools have won the award: Ron Dayne (Wisconsin), Marcus Allen (UCLA), Charles Woodson (Michigan), Tim Tebow (Florida) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).
Woodsen and Allen were chosen by the media; the other three players were voted on by their fellow players.
Manziel was the first player from Texas A&M to win the award but he also finished second in 2009 when Tebow became the first player from Florida to win the award.
The leaves are turning, the air is cooling, and Alabama football is preparing for an old-fashioned woodshed thrashing of Tennessee. The game will be played on the third Saturday of the month. The rivalry is lovingly nicknamed in October. The first game in the series was played in 1901 at Birmingham, Alabama. The score was 3 goals against the Volunteers - you know what happened next.
There have been 95 games played between these two schools across all sports. The Tide leads the series 53-32-1.
These two teams represent the South's two most successful programs of the early 20th century. They were both led by legendary coaches who won more than they lost - John Heisman for Alabama and Muddy Waters for Tennessee. These two programs were always close to reaching or breaking into the top echelon of college football. But when World War II broke out, a lot of players from both schools joined up to fight, and that changed everything. After the war ended, the big boys had grown up and moved on, leaving Alabama and Tennessee as the smallest schools in the conference they were in. Today, they're both members of the Southeastern Conference.
Tennessee hasn't beaten Alabama since 1993, and the Vols haven't won any other game against a ranked team. This year's matchup is ranked No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Tennessee.
The game will be played at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
The two-game football series between Notre Dame and Alabama will have to be postponed by one year. Alabama said on Tuesday that the two teams will play in 2029 and 2030, rather than the previously anticipated 2028 and 2029. Alabama will play at Notre Dame Stadium in September, according to the updated schedule. The Crimson Tide are scheduled to play Georgia in 2020 before playing their next two games against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame and Alabama first agreed to a game in 1929, but it wasn't until 2014 that the schools announced they would meet then. The Fighting Irish went 0-3 against the eventual national champions.
In 2015, Notre Dame and Alabama agreed to a contract through 2024, with the possibility of extending it through 2029 if both parties agree to do so. However, the Fighting Irish canceled their 2016 game with Ohio State after former Alabama player Joe Paterno died of cancer. It was later reported that Alabama offered its support to Notre Dame as it dealt with losing its founder.
In 2017, the two schools announced they had reached an agreement in principle to renew their contract through 2029. It was also confirmed that the game would remain in South Bend through at least 2033.
These days, Alabama is known for its college football team, but from 1934-1990, the Crimson Tide also had a top-notch basketball program.
In Week 3 of the 2021 season, Florida will visit Alabama in a rematch of the 2020 SEC Championship Game. It will be Alabama's first home game since 2011, and the Gators are seeking for a decade of vengeance after going 0-7 against the Tide since 2009.
The last time these two teams met was on December 7, 2020 when Alabama beat Florida by a score of 28-13 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With that win, Alabama secured its spot in the SEC Championship Game where it would face off against Georgia. This was also just three days before Mississippi State played host to Florida in its opener.
Florida entered the game with high hopes of ending its losing streak against Alabama and moving onto the College Football Playoff. Instead, the Gators fell short as Alabama ran away with a strong performance by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who returned from injury to lead the team on a late fourth quarter touchdown drive. He finished the game with four touchdowns passes while rushing for another one.
Alabama opened up its offense with no surprise by putting the ball in Tagovailoa's hands and letting him take over the game. In the first half, he completed all five of his passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, however, he only had seven carries for 23 yards.
The game against Georgia State was changed from Saturday, November 20 to Thursday, November 18 on July 1, 2010, to give Alabama more time to prepare for its game against Auburn. According to the Sagarin computer ratings, Alabama's 2010 strength of schedule was the fifth most challenging among the 245 Division I teams. The Crimson Tide played a non-Division I team (North Carolina A&T) and two Division I-AA teams (Georgia Southern and North Texas).
In addition to facing a tough schedule, Alabama also had several injuries to deal with this year. Starting quarterback John Parker Wilson suffered a broken collarbone during a loss to Florida in Week 4 and was replaced by backup Greg McElroy. Wilson returned for the SEC Championship Game but was beaten out again by freshman Jacob Coker after he missed time due to a concussion. Coker went on to start the BCS National Championship Game against Oregon's Marcus Mariota.
On defense, linebacker Dane Cruikshank and cornerback Robert Lester were lost for the season with knee injuries. Linebacker Jesse Williams was suspended for the first three games of the season for violating NCAA rules.
Alabama opened the season with five straight wins before losing to Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Crimson Tide rebounded with nine straight victories before falling to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. Overall, Alabama finished the season 10-3.
Streaming, Game Time, or TV Channel You can watch Virginia vs. Virginia Tech on the ACC Network on Saturday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. ET, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming subscription login.
Virginia Tech has won the trophy six of the nine times it has been awarded, although West Virginia leads the all-time series 28-23-1. The most recent game came on September 3, 2017 at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, which Virginia Tech won 31-24. The first game was in 1912, although they just began playing regularly in 1973. Virginia Tech is 4-0 all-time against West Virginia's football rivals Pittsburgh and University of Maryland.
The last meeting between Virginia Tech and West Virginia was in 2016, when WVU defeated VT 34-31 in double overtime at Logan Airport Stadium in Boston, MA. That ended up being the final game for Coach Beamer, as he died a few days after the game. Coach Holtz said after the game that he wanted to play another season regardless of how far behind his team was, but President Gee called a press conference to announce that Coach Holtz was done at Virginia Tech. He left after eight seasons to go back to South Florida where he had been coaching before coming to Virginia Tech.
Tech went on to lose their next three games without him, finishing 7-6 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. This year's game will be his first win as Virginia Tech head coach.
They'll be facing off again in two years at Lane Stadium in East Lansing, MI during Labor Day Weekend 2020.