It’s official: Alabama will face USC to open 2020 season

A couple of months after our own Jim Dunaway broke the news that Alabama would open with USC in 2020, the Tide and Trojans made it official today with an announcement that they would face each other in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium.

The two teams met in the opening game of 2016 where Alabama won 52-6 in a year that saw them win the national championship.

The first time these two teams met in the opening kickoff game in Dallas was where the nation first got a taste of Jalen Hurts after he came in for Blake Barnett who started his only game for Alabama. USC replaced their starting quarterback in the game, Max Browne, with eventual top 3 NFL Draft pick Sam Darnold.

Alabama and USC have met only eight times in their long, illustrious histories. Alabama currently leads the series 6-2 and are on a two game winning streak dating back to 1985 when they mat in Hawaii. USC’s last win came at Legion Field in 1978 where the Trojans beat Bear Bryant’s squad 24-14. USC’s other win also came in Birmingham in 1970 when they won 42-21.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open another season at the AdvoCare Classic in 2020,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “Our team and our fans have always enjoyed playing in North Texas and AT&T Stadium is a fantastic competitive environment. This event has always been a first class with the intensity of a bowl game. We are also pleased to have the chance to once again face USC, and we look forward to a great game.”

This adds to Alabama’s impressive slate of upcoming non-conference opponents. The school recently announced home-and-homes with Notre Dame and Texas as well. In 2020, Alabama is also scheduled to face Georgia State and Kent State early in the season in Weeks 2 and 4.

Alabama’s upcoming Power Five non-conference opponents:

2018: vs. Louisville (Orlando)
2019: vs. Duke (Atlanta)
2020: vs. USC (Arlington)
2021: vs. Miami (Atlanta)
2022: at Texas
2023: vs. Texas
2028: at Notre Dame
2029: vs. Notre Dame