The USC Trojans will travel to face the Alabama Crimson Tide to open the season in an NCAA college football game set for Saturday.
USC VS ALABAMA
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Start Time: 8PM ET
Location: Arlington Texas
College Football Point Spread Odds: Alabama -10 ½ points
Money Line: Alabama -500 odds and USC +375 odds
Over Under Total: 54 points
Notes: This is the first meeting between these programs since way back in the 1985 bowl season.
USC concluded play a season ago with a record of 8-6. They fell to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl by the score of 23-21. Clay Helton enters his first full season as head coach after taking over mid-season in 2015. Helton will have ten starters back on offense and five to the defense. The big piece missing on offense in the quarterback as Cody Kessler attempts to make an NFL roster. Max Browne a junior will start under center and served as a backup a season ago completing 8 of 12 throws for 113 yards. The team distributed carries to Ronald Jones and Justin Davis. Jones rushed for 987 yards with eight touchdowns and 6.5 yards per rush average while Davis ran for 902 yards with seven touchdowns with 5.3 yards per carry. Improvement will be needed on defense as the Trojans were 94th in the nation against the pass by allowing 251 yards per game.
Alabama concluded play in 2015 with a record of 14-1. They defeated Clemson 45-42 in the championship game after beating Michigan St 38-0 in the semifinals. Nick Saban enters his tenth year with the program and will have six starters on offense and five to the defense. They must replace quarterback Jake Cooper and star running back Derrick Henry. There is a competition for the starting quarterback position between Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett. Jalen Hurts is also in the running but is a true freshman. Bateman served as a backup who completed 37 of 52 passes for 291 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Barnett is a red shirt freshman. Sophomore Damian Harris figures to be the lead running back who rushed 46 times a season ago for 157 yards with a touchdown. The Crimson Tide finished as the number three total defense in 2015 by allowing 276 yards and 15.1 points per game.
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