Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Bama's slate for 2014 fixes 'easy' complaints
by Mark Edwards
Aug 21, 2013 | 2210 views |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nick Saban has coached Alabama to two straight national titles. (Photo by Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
Nick Saban has coached Alabama to two straight national titles. (Photo by Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)
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Alabama will play Florida from the Southeastern Conference East Division in 2014, which should calm some of the complaining about the Tide's "easy" schedule.

The Gators join Alabama slate, along with permanent East opponent Tennessee, which hasn't beaten the Tide since Nick Saban touched down in Tuscaloosa.

LSU still has to play Florida, but the Bengal Tigers draw Kentucky from the East, too.

Next year, it will be Florida that complains about scheduling, and considering the Gators have to play both Alabama and LSU, that's a legitimate beef.

Still, the recent issues with the Crimson Tide have little to do with its rotating opponent from the East. Instead, it's this: Tennessee rolled downhill and crashed and burned at the bottom.

If the Vols were still the program that they were for much of Phillip Fulmer era, nobody would be complaining about Alabama's "easy" schedule.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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