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Kickoff times announced for Alabama games vs. Citadel, Auburn

No. 1-ranked Alabama’s Week 12 and 13 home games against The Citadel (Nov. 17) and Auburn (Nov. 24) will kick off at 11 a.m. CT and 2:30 p.m. (CBS), the Southeastern Conference announced Monday. 

Alabama-Citadel will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network or SEC Network Alternate.

The Bulldogs of the Football Championship Subdivision have a 3-5 (3-4 Southern) record. The Citadel won its most recent game by defeating Western Carolina, 38-24. Its five losses came at the hands of Wofford, Chattanooga, Towson, East Tennessee State and Furman. Wofford, Chattanooga and Towson were all ranked in the FCS at the time of their matchups.

Alabama and the Citadel will meet for the first time in their programs’ histories in two weeks. The game, which will be played inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, will mark The Citadel’s first against an SEC opponent since its 23-22 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Nov. 21, 2015. 

The Crimson Tide has never lost to an FCS team since the NCAA split Division I football into subdivisions in 1978.

“These kinds of games have always been a selling point for us,” Citadel head coach Brent Thompson said at the time of the game’s scheduling. “Our South Carolina kids like going to play at Clemson and at South Carolina, and they know they are always going to have the opportunity to play somebody like that — a school that might not have recruited you, but you get to play a game there. 

“Now, we have a shot at playing in a stadium that everybody knows, and we can go out and recruit and tell the kids, we’re going to play at Alabama. You get a little bit of a different reaction when you are playing one of the best programs in the country.”

The Citadel will earn a guarantee of $500,000 for its game at UA, according to The Post and Courier

As for Auburn, the Tigers have posted a 6-3 (3-3 SEC) record through nine games. Auburn has wins over Washington and Texas A&M but has lost to LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Alabama and Auburn will meet for the 83rd time on Nov. 24. The Tide holds a 46-35-1 lead in a series that dates back to the 1893 season, and Alabama has had the upper hand in recent meetings, claiming eight of the last 10 matchups. Twelfth-year Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 10-6 during his coaching career against the Tigers, including an 8-3 mark in the Iron Bowl.

This week, the Crimson Tide will host Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff for Alabama’s Week 11 game is set for 2:30 p.m. and will broadcast live on CBS. The Bulldogs will be hosting the Samford Bulldogs for Homecoming for a 2 p.m. kickoff on ESPN+.

Contact Charlie Potter by 247Sports’ personal messaging or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).

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