USC vs Alabama in the first game of the 2016 season at Cowboys Stadium? Yes, it could be happening.
According to Fansided’s own USC blog, Reign of Troy, the Trojans and Crimson Tide may be kicking off the 2016 College Football season in style.
The game, known as the Cowboys Classic, has yet to announce teams for the 2016 edition. Both USC and Alabama need an opponent to fill out their schedule following the Trojans’ home-and-home series with Texas A&M falling through, and Penn State pulling out of their date with the Tide.
Currently, Alabama has yet to reach a deal with any non-conference foes in 2016 and a new SEC rule states that they’ll have to play at least one game against a power conference team. The Crimson Tide typically do that, as Saban prefers neutral site games in Week 1.
Alabama has four neutral site games since Nick Saban was hired, going a perfect 4-0. The Tide played in the Cowboys Classic once before, when they dismantled Michigan in 2012. Furthermore, they’ve played in Atlanta three times with a pair of wins over Virginia Tech and a victory against Clemson.
The rumor of this potential blockbuster matchup was first floated by Dan Patrick on his radio show. Steve Sarkisian, USC’s new head coach, is apparently willing to open the season against one of the best programs in the nation. The game would undoubtably be great exposure for a program and would be an opportunity to reach out to the recruits in Texas, which USC has struggled to sign in recent years.
This would be a phenomenal way to kick off the 2016 season and would also be a matchup between Sarkisian and……..LANE KIFFIN!