Alabama, USC to Meet in 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington

By Kevin Kelley -
Alabama-USC Cowboys Classic 2016

Alabama and USC will open the 2016 season in Arlington. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the USC Trojans will meet in the 2016 Cowboys Classic, both schools have officially announced.

The game will be played on Sept. 3, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“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 and USC haven’t met in the regular season since a 1978 contest in Birmingham. The Crimson Tide lead the overall series 5-2 and won the last meeting 24-3 in the 1985 Aloha Bowl.

Alabama now has two non-conference games set for the 2016 season, and the USC game satisfies the SEC’s non-conference scheduling mandate. The Tide are also scheduled to host Western Kentucky on Sept. 10.

USC was previously scheduled to host New Mexico on Sept. 3, 2016, but the contest was moved to Sept. 19, 2020 to accommodate the Cowboys Classic game with Alabama.

The Trojans are also scheduled to host Notre Dame on Nov. 24, 2016.

Cowboys Classic Future Games

  • Aug. 30, 2014: Florida State vs. Oklahoma State
  • Sept. 5, 2015: Alabama vs. Wisconsin
  • Sept. 3, 2016: USC vs. Alabama
  • Sept. 2, 2017: Michigan vs. Florida

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23 Comments to Alabama, USC to Meet in 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington

  1. schoup said....

    Once again Bama avoids actually scheduling a home and home with a major opponents b/c they shrivel up when they actually play a real road game out of conference. Btw, USC has in the past and has in the future scheduled home and homes with anyone.

    July 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm
    • RollTide said....

      You will not see any big time college schools play true home and home games because of the money generated through the classics…and what makes you think anyone is scared of USC!!!
      LOL

      July 16, 2014 at 5:27 pm
    • Kevin Kelley said....

      Georgia just scheduled a home-and-home with Notre Dame.

      July 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm
    • day said....

      I respect USC but their past/future home-n-home schedules consist of Boston College, Virginia, Syracuse, Minnesota & the only respectful one is OSU (The Ohio State). If USC agreed to this then why would is it be Bamas fault for the (no) home-n-home series? Is USC not accountable?

      July 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    • Kevin Kelley said....

      Alabama recently played a h-h with Penn State, although PSU was a little down at the time.

      July 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    • Michael in Raleigh said....

      Uh, do Florida and FSU (annual HAH), Clemson (HAH’s vs. SC and Georgia), LSU (HAH’s vs. Washington & WVU recently), and Ohio State (HAH vs. Va. Tech and others) not count as “big time college schools?” What about USC’s HAH vs. Notre Dame every year, or Oklahoma’s vs. Tennessee, or Michigan’s vs. Utah? Are none of these “big time college schools,” or is Alabama the only big time college school in America?

      July 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm
    • Shep said....

      @RollTide yeah, especially considering your Crimson & Cream pussed out of a H&H with Michigan State who have deals with Oregon, Arizona State, Miami, Notre Dame, etc.

      July 17, 2014 at 10:07 am
    • Slick ric said....

      Is day said dumb? Usc scheduled home and home with auburn when they were the top team in the country and they scheduled with Arkansas. SC truly doesn’t care. Alabama won’t do it with an LA school because last time UCLA beat the brakes off their ass.

      August 31, 2014 at 2:13 am
    • Mike Criddle said....

      Day’ s list of past USC OOC schedules ignored the home and homes with Auburn , Kansas State the yearly game with Notre Dame . What SEC team does this year after year…to my knowledge the only SEC team that will regularly do that sort of thing is LSU..which also proves RollTide’s comments to be incorrect

      August 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm
    • Day said....

      @Slick Ric: I was not going back 10-14 yrs to a home/n/home with Auburn & Arkansas, I meant recently who USC played home/n/home. I don’t think Bama is afraid to come out to LA & play because of the UCLA game. If that was the case then Bama would of forfeited the BCS game against Texas in 09″.

      September 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm
  2. Bruce Arbitblit said....

    Hope Sam Cunningham isn’t there!

    July 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm
  3. winston said....

    id love for my auburn tigers to get another crack at the mighty trojans. all sec teams seem to be announcing their power 5 opponents in chronological order i wonder if we’ll find out who our mystery opponent is next? im guessing most likely one of these

    FSU
    Clemson
    or Georgia tech

    July 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    • David said....

      I’d take any of those three. Georgia Tech’s always a good choice since that used to be the annual Wreck Tech rivalry…. AU’s played Clemson plenty in the ol’ Tigers v. Tigers series. But the FSU game… in the 80’s that was a fun regular season game.

      July 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm
  4. Ricky W said....

    Saban said Alabama would be doing one neutral site game a season. So no don’t expect any true ‘away’ games.

    How about Alabama vs Oregon in a neutral site game (Glendale) in 2022,

    July 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm
  5. winston said....

    sadly as much as i hate to admit it traditional home and homes are fading away in favor of more neutral site games which is where the money is . college football is becoming too much of a corporate money game eentually the fans themself will be expected to pay money just to tailgate. hell wouldn’t surprise if in the next few years every single college football game goes the way of wwe. tna and mma and becomes a
    ppv event where the only way you can watch on tv is by ordering it . trying to be too much like the nfl will be college footballs greatest downfall

    yes im in favor of home and home for those wondering

    July 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm
  6. day said....

    Outstanding! It is about time, I have been waiting for this match up for about 15yrs.

    July 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  7. Matt said....

    Too bad this game didn’t happen in 2008.

    July 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm
  8. M. Sage said....

    Great to see the matchup, but yet again Saban is scarred to take his team ON THE ROAD versus a Power 5 team. Neutral sites are all right but a home/away is man’s game.

    You know with Western Kentucky already on their 2016 slate that the remaining slate will be another Sun Belt school and some lame ass FCS chump.

    The playoff committee should not count wins versus an FCS school and should seriously penalize any team that doesn’t play a true road game out of conference.

    The SEC did this same tactic during the BCS era to their supreme advantage. Should wins against an FCS school really count as WINS when you’re encorporating and FBS playoff.

    Be for real and stop being cowards. Schedule like USC does then you’ll be a real man Mr. SABAN.

    July 18, 2014 at 9:49 am
  9. Emanuel Gary said....

    its hard for most people to understand the natural advantage held by USC, so let me explain, there are 16 million people in Los Angeles county and all of them want their kids to attend USC, it is the heart and soul of Los Angeles, and in the middle of South Central L.A. and not going anywhere. There are 4 million in the whole state of Alabama.

    September 4, 2014 at 10:33 am
  10. sitofthewhining said....

    Untill usc wins another championship or makes it there. Shut the hell up. Whatever the sec is doing with their scheduling is working. Oregon has not made a championship in a while despite the hype. When they did they lost. Usc lost yrs ago the last time. When any of those teams reach the championship again then come on here with this bullcrap. Till then shut up.

    September 21, 2014 at 2:25 am
  11. hatebellyachers said....

    Agreed. People always talk trash cuz they teams aint winning. Maybe yall should model after the conference with 6 of the last 7 bcs titles or whatever the numbers are. Quit all this whining and tell your teams to do something about it. Running your mouth doesnt win football games.

    September 21, 2014 at 2:29 am
  12. Robert matthews said....

    Who care where the games at. Im a Trojan fan and its great to see these great teams willing to play each other. Its better on a neutral field. No advantages let the teams play and we watch the war thats going to happen.

    November 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  13. Maverick said....

    I care. I want to attend the game and watch Alabama lose to USC in Los Angeles. Then I want to see us play a rematch on TV and beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa again. Neutral site games are for bowl games and annual rivalries, i.e. Florida-Georgia, Oklahoma-Texas.

    November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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