For the first time in the history of the AdvoCare Classic, the 2020 contest will feature a rematch of a previous year’s matchup. On September 5, 2020, two of college football’s most prestigious programs, the Alabama Crimson Tide and USC Trojans, return to AT&T Stadium for a rematch of their 2016 season-opening contest. That game saw the No. 1 Crimson Tide, college football’s reigning national champion, down the 20th-ranked Trojans 52-6.
The game will mark the fourth appearance in the AdvoCare Classic for Alabama. The Crimson Tide first played in the event in 2012 when it knocked off the Michigan Wolverines. Since then Alabama also downed Wisconsin 35-17 in 2015 prior to the 2016 contest against USC. In each of its three previous appearances, the Crimson Tide have been ranked in the Top 3 nationally.
The Trojans’ only appearance in the AdvoCare Classic came in 2016, though it wasn’t the first Pac-12 team to participate. Oregon State was the first Pac-12 team to play in the AdvoCare Classic in 2010, while Oregon faced LSU in the series in 2011. The Ducks will also be featured in the 2019 game against Auburn, with Oregon looking to claim the Pac-12’s first victory in series history.
The 2018 AdvoCare Classic pitting the LSU Tigers against the Miami Hurricanes will mark the first time the event has been slated for a Sunday night primetime kickoff. The SEC-ACC battle on September 2 will at AT&T Stadium will get underway at 6:30 pm CT and will wrap up the college football kickoff weekend coverage on ABC.
ABC has set kickoff weekend viewership records the past two years, as more than 11 million viewers watched Notre Dame take on Texas in 2016 and more than 12 million watched Florida State play Alabama in 2017.
The LSU Tigers return to AT&T Stadium and the AdvoCare Classic for their third appearance in the series. The game will mark the first appearance by Miami, though the Tigers and Hurricanes are no stratgers to each other. LSU and Miami last faced each other in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Bowl, with LSU collecting a resounding 40-3 victory. The Tigers also lead the all-time series 9-3. Miami’s last win against LSU came in Tiger Stadium in 1988 when the Hurricanes drubbed the Tigers 44-3, tying the largest margin of victory in the series.
LSU is 2-0 in its previous AdvoCare Classic appearances, defeating Oregon 40-27 to open the 2011 season and beating TCU 37-27 in 2012. The SEC is 5-1 in the AdvoCare Classic, losing inn2017 for the first time in series history when the No. 11 Michigan Wolverines knocked off the No. 17 Florida Gators 33-17. The ACC has had just one lone representative in the event. That occurred in 2014 when the No. 1 and reigining national champion Florida State Seminoles downed the Oklahoma State Cowboys 37-31.
- Hurricanes-Tigers Play in Third Annual ABC Sunday Night Labor Day Weekend Presentation
- First Regular Season Matchup Since 1988; Only Third Overall Meeting in Nearly 50 Years
Miami and LSU, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, will now be played on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC as part of ESPN’s networks five-day college football kickoff weekend showcase. The game, which will be played in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will mark the third consecutive year ABC has aired a prime time game on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
The 2018 opener for the Hurricanes and Tigers will mark the first regular season meeting between the two schools since 1988 and just the third overall meeting since 1969. The Tigers beat Miami in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the last meeting between the ACC and SEC schools. Overall, the teams have played 12 times, dating back to 1946, and the Tigers own a 9-3 advantage in those matchups.
ABC’s Kickoff Weekend Sunday Night Presentation has Been Record Setting
Notre Dame and Texas played in ABC’s first college football kickoff weekend Sunday night presentation in 2016, with the two-overtime thriller generating a total live audience of 11,093,000 viewers – at the time, a kickoff weekend viewership record across all networks. This season, West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech — from Landover, Maryland — played in the second annual ABC special presentation, generating a total live audience of 4,737,000 viewers, the third most-watched college football game on broadcast TV during the season’s kickoff weekend.
AdvoCare Classic Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The 2018 AdvoCare Classic will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual kickoff weekend game. The Tigers have played in the game twice, beating Oregon 40-27 in 2011 and TCU 37-27 in 2016. Next year’s game will be the first-time Miami has participated and the team’s first game at AT&T Stadium.