SEC 2024 Schedules: 14th Toughest - Alabama
The Tide have the luxury of playing at home for their hardest game of the season when they face off against Georgia. They also have a week off beforehand to prepare after a visit up to Madison for a rare trip to Big 10 country. Even so, that's still a game the Tide should win handily.
After the Bulldogs come into town, the Tide play Vanderbilt on the road and host South Carolina in Tuscaloosa. They can use this time against lesser opponents to gear up for a road trip up to Knoxville, which is another schedule highlight. I'm sure they'll want revenge for what happened two years ago, but I'm also sure that the Vols will be ready.
Hosting Missouri won't be a cakewalk, but it shouldn't be a huge issue at home, either. Another bye sets up a nice week of rest before they make the trip down to Baton Rouge to avenge yet another road loss from two years ago, and the Tide have a nice spacer week against Mercer before visiting Oklahoma on the penultimate weekend of the season.
The final game, of course, is the Iron Bowl; the Tide have not lost in Tuscaloosa since the Camback in 2010, and though Hugh Freeze has been a thorn in the side of Saban, I'm not too confident that they can reverse that trend.
Overall, this would be one of the tougher schedules when compared your generic P5 slate, but in the SEC, when your non-conference consists of Western Kentucky, USF, Mercer, and Wisconsin, and you get Vanderbilt in there, you can't be up too high in the difficulty rankings.