Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Alabama and USC will play each other in the first week of the 2016 season as part of the Cowboys Classic, the teams announced Wednesday.

The yearly college football kickoff game is held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and the site of the first College Football Playoff national title game. The 2016 edition between the Crimson Tide and Trojans will be played on Sept. 3, 2016.

The game's start time and broadcast information will be announced at a later date, but the Cowboys Classic has traditionally been a primetime affair on ESPN or ABC.

It will be the two schools' first meeting since 1985, when Alabama defeated USC 24-3 in the Aloha Bowl. The Crimson Tide hold a 5-2 edge in the teams' all-time series.

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In order to accommodate the scheduling of Alabama, USC's game against New Mexico, which had been scheduled for Sept. 3, has been moved to Sept. 19, 2020.

The Cowboys Classic has been held since 2009. Alabama has played in the game once already, defeating Michigan in 2012, and is scheduled to play Wisconsin in the 2015 edition.

Ben Estes

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