Desmond Roland and Oklahoma State play Florida State in this year's Cowboys Classic. Roland led the Cowboys in rushing last season with 811 yards and 13 TD. (Brett Deering / Getty Images)
Alabama and Southern California are set for their first regular-season matchup since some storied games in the 1970s.
The Crimson Tide and the Trojans will play in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. The opening weekend game at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium will be Sept. 3, 2016.
The last time Alabama and USC met in the regular season was 1978, when the Crimson Tide were the AP national champions and the Trojans finished No. 1 in the UPI poll. Alabama’s only loss that season was 24-14 to USC.
Defending national champion Florida State plays Oklahoma State in this year’s Cowboys Classic on Aug. 2.
Alabama is also playing in the 2015 game, against Wisconsin, and Michigan will play Florida in the 2017 game.
2009: BYU 14, Oklahoma 13
2010: TCU 30, Oregon State 21
2011: LSU 40, Oregon 27
2012: Alabama 41, Michigan 14
2013: LSU 37, TCU 27
2014: Florida State vs. Oklahoma State
2015: Alabama vs. Wisconsin
2016: Alabama vs. USC
2017: Florida vs. Michigan
Big boost for Big D
The Dallas area is expected to see more than 60,000 out-of-state fans and $300 million in spending when it hosts a college football championship game next year, according to state officials.
The Texas Comptroller’s Office projected the economic impact this month for the NCAA Division 1 FBS National Championship Game when it approved a major events trust fund for the Jan. 12 game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The trust fund is anticipated revenue — generated from taxes, including sales, car rentals, hotel rentals and alcohol — that’s been set aside to help pay for expenses.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the reported the $10.7 million earmarked for the championship game is the eighth-largest sum in the trust fund’s 10-year history. That’s roughly equal to spending on the Final Four basketball tournament held at the stadium earlier this year.
An April report prepared for the committee projected $308.6 million in total spending and $16.1 million in tax revenue. Some factors used to calculate the numbers include ticket prices — expected to range from $200 to $800 — and a 10 percent chance that a Texas team will be in the championship game, which would decrease out-of-state attendance.
No playoff expansion
There have been no discussions about expanding the new College Football Playoff to include more than four teams, according to the group's executive director.
Bill Hancock told the Orlando Sentinel that he doesn't see expansion in the immediate future for the new postseason format. "I really don't," said Hancock, adding that the reason the playoff was set up for the next 12 years was to provide stability.
The College Football Playoff was created as a replacement for the Bowl Championship Series, which expired last season. It features two semifinal games followed by a national championship game at rotating sites.