For those of you who gripe about Alabama’s easy non-conference schedule, or those who felt that USC’s decade of dominance under Pete Carroll would never have happened if the Trojans had faced SEC teams, here is your chance for retribution. Well, sort of.
It has been announced that the once-mighty Trojans and currently-mighty Alabama will face off in Cowboys Stadium to kick off the 2016 season on September 3rd. The Crimson Tide will play another game in Arlington next season, against tough but slightly less trendy Wisconsin.
Alabama and USC have only played seven times in college football history. The Crimson Tide have won five, including the last contest, a 24-3 victory in the ‘85 Aloha Bowl.
The FBS needs more contests like these, where opponents meet on a level playing field. While there is value in playing mid-majors, and maybe even FCS squads, the early non-conference slates would be a lot more entertaining if the top teams took on more meaningful early-season games.