Alabama and Notre Dame officially announced on Thursday a home-and-home series between the two storied programs that will be played in 2028 in South Bend, Ind., and in 2029 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Yes you read that right: 2028 and 2029. A full decade from now.
So that got us at SEC Country to thinking: What will college football, and life in general, be like when these games are played?
Granted, the following scenarios of course can only occur if college football even still exists in 10 years. Concussion and CTE research continues to find new dangers in the game, and the NCAA amateurism model puts every sport, not just football, at risk of dissolving under more and more pressure to fairly compensate the athletes.
But we digress. Here’s what we had some fun coming up with:
Alabama coach Dabo Swinney
Nick Saban will be 76 on the opening Saturday in 2028. He likely will have been retired for a couple of seasons by that point. Saban will ride off into the sunset after winning a national championship at age 70, bringing his title total at Alabama to seven.
Current Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who played on a title-winning team in Tuscaloosa and has been pegged as the heir apparent to Saban, will in fact take over when Saban retires. Just like Saban before him, Swinney will win the national championship in his second season.
Here’s the kicker (and don’t think the Crimson Tide will have a reliable place kicker because they won’t): Anytime Swinney is angry with a player or frustrated with the media, he’ll be able to summon a hologram of Saban to chew out anyone and everyone who deserves it. And the hologram will be an angry Saban every time.
Notre Dame coach Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer long has said that his dream job is to be the coach at Notre Dame. This dream will finally come true. After being left out of the College Football Playoff multiple times because of a loss to one inferior Big Ten team by four touchdowns each season, Meyer will bolt to South Bend, Ind.
Meyer, too, will be getting older, but the chance to play Alabama again will drive him to coach the Fighting Irish through 2028-29.
2028 presidential election: Mark Richt versus Oprah
Having finally brought Miami to the mountaintop with a national championship win in 2022, Mark Richt will retire on top. His replacement: Lane Kiffin.
Richt will spend the next three years basking in the South Florida sand and sunshine before another higher calling brings him to run for America’s highest office.
Richt will challenge incumbent Oprah Winfrey, who ultimately decided to run and won in 2024. President Oprah will win again, but Richt will get a spot in her cabinet.
The offseason coaching carousel will be insane
The expirations of two separate 10-year contracts will bring plenty of fervor to coaching searches before the 2028 season. Jon Gruden’s Raiders tenure will be over, with the NFL’s Las Vegas experiment failing, reigniting the beloved Grumors. Spoiler alert: He still won’t coach in Knoxville. Vols fans won’t mind, though, having fully embraced Jeremy Pruitt and his 2021 and 2023 SEC championships.
Also, Jimbo Fisher’s 10-year contract at Texas A&M will be up, with the Aggies still never having played Texas since their move to the SEC. Fisher will sign another megadeal, going full circle and finishing his career in Baton Rouge at LSU.
Every 5-star Class of 2028 prospect will commit to Georgia
Kirby Smart will be doing Kirby Smart things for the next decade. After falling just short to Alabama in the National Championship Game after the 2017 season, Smart and Saban will alternate national titles until Saban’s retirement. Georgia will win another while Swinney transitions to his new job.
With Pruitt and Smart, Tennessee and Georgia will throw haymaker after haymaker in the SEC East. After his No. 1 class in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Smart will top even that, securing the signature of every 5-star prospect in the 2028 class.
Flying cars, finally
Getting from your home to the stadium will be incredibly efficient. You’ll walk outside and be able to choose if you want to take the bullet-train style underground rail system Elon Musk invented or his flying car system. Either will have you to your tailgate spot in minutes. Drones will deliver all of your tailgate food and beverages upon arrival.
Speaking of Musk…
The new location and expanded field of the College Football Playoff
The semifinals and finals of the College Football Playoff will be played on Mars, with teams and fans traveling to and from the stadium on Space X rockets, making Rose Bowl trips to Disneyland or Sugar Bowl trips to Bourbon Street things of the past.
After a regular season featuring nine conference games and one non-cupcake nonconference game, the field will be 32 teams. There will only be Power 5 conferences at this point, each consisting of roughly 30 teams (Mizzou not belonging in the SEC on geographic arguments will seem trivial), whose champions automatically qualify. The 33rd-ranked team will still be mad, and in 2028 it will again be UCF.
Higher seeds will host games on campus in the first three rounds before the semifinals begin on Mars.
There will still be memes.
The championship-winning team’s players will receive $5 million to split among themselves.