Alabama will open its 2020 season against Southern California in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, it was announced on Wednesday.
“This is another fantastic season-opening matchup that will give our team and our fans a bowl-like experience coming out of the gates,” said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne in a news release. “We’ve played in some incredible games at AT&T Stadium over the last few years, and we look forward to what will surely be another one in the 2020 AdvoCare Classic.”
The Crimson Tide will face the Trojans in a rematch of the 2016 season opener. It’s the fourth time Alabama has played in the Advocare Classic since it began in 2009. Alabama is 3-0 in those games, beating Michigan in 2012, Wisconsin in 2015 and Southern Cal in 2016.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open another season at the AdvoCare Classic in 2020,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in the release. “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.”
Alabama won the 2016 meeting 52-6 and is 6-2 overall against Southern Cal. The Trojans haven’t beaten Alabama since a 24-14 win in Birmingham in 1978.
Alabama will play in neutral site openers against nonconference opponents through the 2021 season before playing a home-and-home series with Texas in 2022 and 2023.
That will end a decade of Alabama playing nonconference openers at neutral sites from 2012-21. Alabama is undefeated in those games.
2012 – Michigan (Arlington)
2013 – Virginia Tech (Atlanta)
2014 – West Virginia (Atlanta)
2015 – Wisconsin (Arlington)
2016 – Southern Cal (Arlington)
2017 – Florida State (Atlanta)
2018 – Louisville (Orlando)
2019 – Duke (Atlanta)
2020 – Southern Cal (Arlington)
2021 – Miami (Atlanta)