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OFFICIAL: USC vs. Alabama in 2016

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USC will take on Alabama on September 3, 2016, as part of the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The mouth-watering matchup of college football titans is a Labor Day weekend neutral site game.  Information on ticket sales, kickoff time and televising network for the 2016 Cowboys Classic will be announced at a later date.  The Trojans' originally-scheduled game on that Saturday date, at home against New Mexico, has been moved to September 19, 2020, in the Coliseum.

"We are excited to participate in a game that is such an attractive matchup for the nation's fans," said new USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian.  "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 non-conference 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."

Alabama leads the all-time series 5-2 over USC, but the Trojans enjoyed two historic victories over the Tide in Birmingham.  Led by African-American fullback Sam Cunningham (pictured), tailback Clarence Davis and quarterback Jimmy Jones, USC pounded Alabama 42-21 in 1970 serving as the catalyst for the integration of Southern football.  In 1978, the two national powers split the national title despite the Trojans 24-14 win over the Tide.

USC is 21-11-1 all-time against the vaunted Southeastern Conference, including four consecutive victories, but Alabama is the rare program that can compete historically with the Trojans tradition. In their history, the teams have produced 26 national champions (11 by USC, 15 by Alabama), 66 bowl victories (32 USC, 34 Alabama), 7 Heisman Trophy winners (6 USC, 1 Alabama), 272 All-American first teamers (161 USC, 111 Alabama), 797 NFL draftees (483 USC, 314 Alabama), 52 College Football Hall of Fame players (31 USC, 21 Alabama) and such legendary coaches as USC's Howard Jones, John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll and Alabama's Wade Wallace, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant and current head coach Nick Saban.

The Alabama showdown is the latest in the line of historical showcase matchups for the Trojans who have a reputation of taking on all comers.  Along with the annual series against Notre Dame since 1926 and the upcoming home-and-home with Texas in 2017 (in Los Angeles) and 2018 (in Austin), USC has played Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska, Penn State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Syracuse, Hawaii, Minnesota and Virginia on its regular season non-conference slate in the last 15 years.

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10 Comments

ROLL TIDE, Trojan fans... see ya in Dallas!

you had me until "Syracuse, Hawaii, Minnesota and Virginia"

Will be there!! It should be a huge production. Are we the home team or visitor? Interesting to see the colors. Fight On!!

USC OWNS THE SEC AND EVERY CONFERENCE FOR THAT MATTER! FIGHT ON!

Pretty good matchup, but I'd rather watch Notre Dame vs. Georgia.

Looking forward to a strong opponent in Bama but I believe it will be a CARDINAL AND GOLD day in Arlington! FIGHT ON and Beat the Tide!

Fight On! I'll see ya'll at the game. I cant wait to hear the USC Trojans Fight Song, Fight On!

@TOMMY KINDA LIKE YOU HAD ME UNTIL " FLORIDA ATLANTIC, SOUTHERN MISS, AND WESTERN KENTUCKY"

Fight On! I believe the Truth has been spoken above, the "Real USC" (Not U of Souther Carolina) Owns the SEC. This game is going to be great!

Ha! I got respect for both teams, but Alabama's going run USC out of the stadium! lol

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