Roll the Tide

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While the SEC powers have little interest in entering the Coliseum these days, USC and Alabama played against each other four times in the 70s and split the series 2-2.  Both Trojan wins were famous victories over Paul "Bear" Bryant in Birmingham at Legion Stadium.

Paul McDonald action2.jpgThe 1970 victory has its own book ("Turning of the Tide") and HBO documentary ("Breaking the Huddle") thanks to Sam "Bam" Cunningham's demolition of Alabama's defense, which opened up Bryant's eyes to integrating southern football.

While the 1978 game is less heralded, QB Paul McDonald enjoyed his breakout moment leading the 24-14 upset of No. 1 Alabama.  "Bear Bryant said it was the best quarterbacking job he'd ever seen," McDonald recalled.

Click here to read more about the "Battle in Birmingham."

The Trojans ended up splitting the national championship with Alabama in 1978 despite having the same number of losses and defeating the Tide in Birmingham.

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