USC will face Alabama at the 2016 Cowboys Classic, which will be the season opener.
University of Southern California and Alabama have both been two of the most storied college football programs in history, and they have agreed to face each other in the 2016 college football season opener.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) July 16, 2014
The Trojans and Crimson Tide have faced each other seven times, and Alabama has won five of those matchups. They last faced each other in the 1985 Aloha Bowl.
USC pulled off a memorable 42-41 win against Alabama in 1970 when they were led by running back Sam Cunningham.
The Trojans are coming off NCAA sanctions that forced them to miss a bowl game for two seasons and reduce their scholarships, and they have hired Steve Sarkisian as their new head coach after a disappointing spell with Lane Kiffin at the helm. USC will look to return to being national title contenders as they recover from sanctions.
Nick Saban is expected to remain at Alabama for at least several more years, and his presence will allow the Crimson Tide to remain top recruiters and perennial national championship contenders.