USC vs Alabama Headlines Best Opening Weekend In College Football History

Dec 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; General view of the stadium prior to the 2015 CFP semifinal between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; General view of the stadium prior to the 2015 CFP semifinal between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Michigan State Spartans at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Is this the best opening weekend in college football history? The match ups including USC vs Alabama make it so.

Luckily for college football fans, the line up for the “Greatest Opening Weekend in College Football History” is spread from Saturday to Monday night, otherwise so many great games after a very long layoff could be hazardous to your health. And since you have to start somewhere, it might as well be with USC vs Alabama in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.

These two heavyweights haven’t matched up since a rather meaningless Aloha Bowl more than 30 years ago.

The game will be far from meaningless, as one school is at their football pinnacle and the other school is now hoping to cross the line towards “significant again” status.

That’s ironic because, regardless of all the accomplishments for both teams, each enter the game with a 0-0 record.

These two coaching staffs know each other already in many ways, with Lane Kiffin on one sideline and his former employees Clay Helton and Clancy Pendergast on the other, and by game day kick off, no stone will be left unturned.

Last year an Ole Miss team proved very unpredictable and benefited greatly from turnovers on their way to an upset of Mighty Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

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You get that feeling that head coach Clay Helton and company have a few surprises in store for Alabama. Why not? Few publications other than Sporting News are picking USC to win anyway, so expect a creative game plan for the first game of the year.

There is a Pac-12 vs SEC subplot but, frankly, both of these two schools are their own respective conferences with big national brands that stand on their own. This historic match-up should be a fun game to watch.

Apr 9, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) looks to pass the ball during the first quarter of the spring game at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

For more USC vs Alabama action, college football fans can tune in when No. 4 Florida State plays No. 11 Ole Miss this weekend in Orlando, Florida. It’s not a home game for FSU but will still take place in the state of Florida.

This FSU team is one the favorites for a deep run into the College Football Playoffs. They are loaded on defense, which everyone knows wins lots of games. Just ask Winston how important a very good FSU defense is for a crystal trophy game.

The last game scheduled on Saturday night is last year’s No. 2 team, Clemson, on the road against the always tough Auburn.  It’s another clash between the ACC and the SEC which could see the Atlantic Coast Conference go 2-0 against the mighty South Eastern on opening weekend.

Clemson is led by all-world quarterback Deshawn Watson, who plays the college quarterback position like he was hand crafted for the role. He’s a true dual threat who can beat you throwing or running the ball. When most QBs are just trying to avoid the rush Watson is ripping off a 8 yard run. The most important position in college football is quarterback and Clemson has a brilliant one.

Starting off this epic weekend in college football is No. 3 Oklahoma vs No. 15 Houston at high noon on Saturday.

OU is loaded again with Baker Mayfield leading the Sooners at QB. Also in the offensive backfield is Samaje Perine, who holds the NCAA record for most yards in a game with 427.

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It is an Oklahoma vs Texas game with a twist because the Texas team is from Houston. And while the Texas Longhorns have been struggling, Houston has been surging under head coach Tom Herman.

Houston took a chance on hiring the offensive coordinator from Ohio State a couple of years ago.  All that Herman has done since then is win, so much so that Houston renegotiated his contract last December to keep him from leaving. That’s what happens when you go 13-1 and defeat FSU in the Peach Bowl 38-24.

SEE ALSO: 5 Keys To A USC Victory Over Alabama

Rounding out the field on the great weekend of college football is another trio of exciting games.

Texas hosts the No. 10 Fighting Irish in a Sunday night game. Notre Dame is favored but Charlie Strong won’t go down without a fight as he searches for signature wins as head coach of the Longhorns.

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In yet another game scheduled for the Lone Star State, Texas A&M takes on UCLA and quarterback Josh Rosen, who will try to avoid freak athlete Myles Garrett at defensive end. If Rosen can handle the intense pressure it might be a long day for the Aggies.

Lastly No. 5 LSU travels to Wisconsin in a match up of Leonard Fournette vs the Badger defense.

A Heisman hopeful, Fournette should have a field day as his formidable offensive line is once again healthy and he’s destined to play for many years in the NFL.

Depending on how well your team performs this weekend, it may be the best opening weekend in college football. An upset victory in Arlington, TX would make it a great one for Trojan fans.