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.