What’s next for Alabama football?


— AUSTIN — Alabama football is coming to Tulsa, where it will have a homecoming game against Arkansas on Oct. 7.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be in attendance.

It’s the first time Saban will visit the University of Tulsa since he left for the SEC.

Saban and the Tide are 5-2 in the home opener, which is the first game in the new Big 12 Conference.

The Crimson Tide will open the season Oct. 5 in Oklahoma.

Alabama will host Oklahoma State on Oct, 16, in the SEC’s home opener.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the league has not decided which conference will host the SEC opener on Oct 7.

The Tide has a bye this season.

The home opener was originally scheduled for Dec. 4 in Oklahoma City, but that date has been moved to Oct. 6.

The home opener will be a doubleheader with a bowl game.

The SEC game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Tide is also scheduled to play a road game against Missouri in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Oct., 21.

The game will feature a rematch of the 2014 national championship game, a 20-16 Alabama win that set the school record for the most points in a game.

Alabama played in its first bowl game in 2017, a 52-20 win over South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. The school’s first bowl victory came in 1978.