“We’re playing the best teams we can get to play us. Why don’t you start calling around and see if you can get somebody else to play us, and we’ll play ’em. We’ll play anybody you can get to play us,” Saban said to the media in a recent press conference.One program has stepped up and accepted that challenge. They’re local, and they have a recent history of taking down football powers: the Troy Trojans.👋 pic.twitter.com/p4YkKI9VmV— Troy Trojans Football ⚔️ (@TroyTrojansFB) September 11, 2019In recent years, Troy has knocked off LSU and Nebraska on the road. They’re definitely a bit more dangerous than some of the Group of Five teams Alabama has brought in in recent years, though losing head coach Neal Brown to West Virginia may take off a bit of the shine.Surprisingly, Alabama and Troy have never played one another since Troy made the jump up to the FBS in 2001, despite the fact that Troy is in state, just about 150 miles from Tuscaloosa.Given that proximity, maybe the Trojans would be a bit more attractive than your New Mexico States, but something tells me they wouldn’t be the type of program that would really keep butts in seats at Bryant-Denny Stadium through the fourth quarter. Luckily, Alabama’s scheduling will ramp up soon.Beginning in 2022, the Tide have true home-and-home series starting up with Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looka on in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Aside from all of the winning and the millions upon millions of dollars coming through the program, things are hard out here for the Alabama Crimson Tide. After Saturday’s blowout win over New Mexico State, Nick Saban wasn’t thrilled in answering criticism of his program’s scheduling practices.Obviously, Alabama has a tough road, with games against Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M, and the rest of the SEC West every year. More often than not, that culminates with a meeting with Florida or Georgia in the conference title game, and clearly Alabama has proven itself in the College Football Playoff.This year’s non-conference schedule has left a lot to be desired though, especially for fans. Alabama’s premier Power Five opponent was ACC also-ran Duke, in Atlanta. At home, Alabama gets the less-than-impressive triumvirate of NMSU, Southern Miss, and Western Carolina.According to Nick Saban, part of the problem is that teams are unwilling to schedule the mighty Tide.
8 Best Wireless Headphones for Running: What to Know Before You Buy Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Bose’s New Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Will be Great for Travel Bose’s QC15 headphones are rockstars of the travelling scene. Pioneers of active noise cancelation for the regular business commuter, you’ll be hard-pressed to board a flight anywhere in the modern world without seeing those silver cups flashing the aisle. So when Bose announced it was decommissioning its classic cans for the new QC25, it was no doubt a bit unsettling to fans of the icon. But fear not weary travellers, the QC25 have usurped their predecessor for a reason: they’re just that good.When Bose announced its new QC25, the company introduced them as being better in all facets. That includes an upgrade to the noise cancellation, which now puts a bigger emphasis on the lower frequencies. And Bose went further, employing a new configuration that sets the canceling microphones both inside and outside the earcup, as well as developing a faster, more accurate noise canceling chip, which can adjust for ambient sound in a “fraction of a second.”Related: Noisehush’s i7 noise canceling headphonesThe headphones have also been improved in comfort and design. The QC25 boast subtle aesthetic changes that make them look a bit more modern, flashing style more inline with the legions of competing headphones that have invaded the market since their predecessor’s inception. The new design also comes with a more comfortable fit thanks to softer, more ergonomic pads cloaked in protein leather — no small concern for those who spend hours on end in the air.There’s no doubt the QC25’s new design offers an even more impressive level of comfort and quiet — so much so as to create a feeling of near-absolute solitude on your commute. But the upgrade in sound quality is what pushes the Q C25into the driver’s seat as the unquestioning replacement for the QC15. The sound is clearer, more dynamic, and more organic than any Bose headphone we’ve heard in the past, pulling them in the running for best in class when it comes to noise canceling headphones at their price point.We do have one complaint to lodge, however, which is the QC25’s reliance on disposable batteries. Though they last as long as 35 hours per charge, it would’ve been nice to see a rechargeable option from Bose this go-around. On the flipside, the design allows users to keep the QC25 going away from power sources for days on end, provided they’ve packed a few AAA batteries in their carry-on.Bose has always been a leader in the noise-canceling game, and the QC15 will no doubt still be flying the friendly skies for years to come. But those looking for better performance in virtually all columns will want to consider making the $300 upgrade to Bose’s new king of quiet.