Alabama And USC To Play In 2016 Cowboys Classic

Dan Patrick scooped the story back in May, and now there is confirmation: Alabama and USC will play each other in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

This marks the eighth all-time meeting between the national powerhouses who own a combined 26 national championships. It’s the first matchup since Alabama’s 1985 Aloha Bowl victory, and the first regular-season contest since a 1978 USC win in Birmingham. Alabama owns the series lead, 5-2. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian had the following to say in regards to the newly announced game:

“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.”

With the addition of this game, the state of Texas will be the center of football on Sept. 16, 2016.

Alabama and USC each currently have one other non-conference game scheduled for 2016 – Western Kentucky and Notre Dame, respectively.

The 2016 Cowboys Classic will serve as a second consecutive season opener in Arlington for the Tide. Alabama kicks off its 2015 campaign in Jerry World against the Wisconsin Badgers.