New England Patriots

A general view of Alumni Stadium during the game between the Boston College Eagles and the Massachusetts Minutemen on September 1, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

College football doesn’t quite have the same following in New England as it does in the rest of the country. However, one program that has drawn local attention recently is Alabama.

The Patriots have drafted eight Crimson Tide players since Nick Saban took over as head coach in 2007. Saban’s close relationship with Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is well known. Now, Saban is opening up more ties to the Boston area – this time just west of the city in Chestnut Hill.

As first reported by Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, Alabama and Boston College have scheduled a future home-and-home series. The Crimson Tide will visit Alumni Stadium in 2031, with the Eagles then heading to Tuscaloosa in 2034.

For those less familiar with college football, it’s not unusual for schools to schedule meetings a decade or more in advance. In fact, this isn’t even Boston College’s most distant matchup – they’re set to visit Notre Dame in 2035.

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