published Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Alabama to open 2016 season against USC

Alabama will open its 2016 football season against Southern California at the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

The matchup will be the eighth between the historical powers, with the Crimson Tide leading the series 5-2. Alabama and USC split the 1978 national championship, with the Tide getting tabbed No. 1 by the Associated Press and the Trojans by the United Press International.

USC defeated Alabama 24-14 in Legion Field early in the '78 season but lost later that year to Arizona State. The most previous matchup between the Tide and Trojans took place in the Aloha Bowl after the 1985 season, with Alabama winning 24-3.

Whether or not the 2016 meeting will be dubbed the "Lane Kiffin Bowl" remains to be seen, with the former USC coach now in his first season as Alabama's offensive coordinator.

The Crimson Tide thumped Michigan 41-14 in the 2012 Cowboys Classic and are scheduled to open their 2015 season there against Wisconsin. Alabama has opened its 2008 (Clemson), '09 (Virginia Tech) and '13 seasons (Virginia Tech) at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta, where the Tide will open this season against West Virginia.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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