The last time Alabama played in AT&T Stadium, Bama chicken-kicked Michigan 41-14 to start the 2012 season and this would be another great start to a championship run like that one was.
Alabama was supposed to play Penn State in this game, but according to Nick Saban Penn St "Bailed out on us".
Of all the big time non-conference games in recent years, this might be the biggest and most anticipated one of all. I know I've been wanting to play USC for about 10 years. Back when we'd have had no business thinking we could win against them. Back when Auburn thought they could beat them. I've always wanted these guys. And now we are going to get them.
This will be the 8th time in history Alabama and USC will have met. This will be the first time Alabama and USC will have played each other, barring a playoff matchup, in 31 years. Bama beat USC 24-3 in the Aloha Bowl in 1985.
Alabama leads the series 5-2.
Alabama and USC split the national title in 1978, even though USC beat Alabama that year. You can still piss off some old Trojan fans by bringing that one up.
USC is 21-11-1 all time against the SEC. But that won't matter on this night.
Alabama and USC have combined for 26 national titles, 66 bowl wins, 272 first team All-Americans, 797 NFL draftees, 52 College Football Hall Of Fame players, and 7 Heisman Trophy winners.
|John McKay. USC Head Coach from 1960-1975.|
Won 4 national titles.
|Paul "Bear" Bryant|
|USC Fullback Sam Cunningham|
The Cowboys Classic. Bama and USC. This will be awesome.
Lane Kiffin on the Alabama sideline.
Nick Saban coming off back to back titles. OK, I'm not gonna get carried away there.
“We are excited to participate in a game that is such an attractive matchup for the nation’s fans. The 2016 Cowboys Classic not only brings together two of college football’s most tradition-laden and successful programs, but teams that in 1970 played a significant role in shaping the history of the game. At USC, we have always tried to schedule as many outstanding nonconference opponents as possible because we believe that should be part of the experience our players get when they come here. The Trojans versus the Crimson Tide in Arlington will certainly be such a game.”
- USC Coach Steve Sarkisian