Tide and Trojans?

May 19, 2014

Speculation that an Alabama-Southern Cal game is brewing for the 2016 season opener, in Arlington, Texas, is running rampant this week, fueled in part by radio host Dan Patrick. Nick Saban passed on the chance to confirm the rumors when asked, but indicated UA is on the hunt for an opponent to open that season.

Alabama is 15-7-1 all-time against teams currently in the Pac-12, but its last regular-season tangle with the LCL (Left Coast League) went badly for UA when UCLA swept a two-game series in 2000-2001.

Since then, Alabama and Southern Cal have both seen both the top and bottom of the college football mountain. It would certainly be a fantastic "helmet game" to open the year, as much as Alabama's 2012 season-opening win over Michigan was at the same venue.

A lot will be made of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin coaching against his old team, but the chances Kiffin will still be running the UA offense by 2016 are probably relatively slim. He's a former head coach whose career has found an ideal spot to rehab in Tuscaloosa, but the chances are strong that he'll get the chance to be a head coach again within a couple of years.

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