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Alabama vs. USC Prediction, Preview, Spread, Game Time, Channel

Looking for an Alabama vs. USC prediction? You've come to the right place. Here’s how we see the contest between the Sooners and the Cougars turning out.

Saturday’s contest between No. 1 Alabama and No. 20 USC will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game between the Crimson Tide and the Trojans will be broadcast on ABC. Keep reading for our Alabama vs. USC prediction.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Alabama takes the game 64.3% of the time. The official spread for the contest, per ESPN, is Alabama -12. 

The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The venue holds 80,000 fans.

Spread: Alabama -12
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Channel: ABC

USC is the first of Alabama's non-conference opponents this season. The Crimson Tide also play against Western Kentucky, Kent State and Chattanooga.

USC will play against non-conference opponents such as Utah State and Notre Dame this season.

The reigning College Football Playoff Champion, Alabama finished last season with a 14-1 record. Their only loss was to No. 15 Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide ultimately defeated No. 2 Clemson in the National Championship Game.

Meanwhile, USC finished the 2015 season with with an 8-6 record. They finished their season with a loss to Wisconsin in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

Alabama is led by Nick Saban, who holds a 100-18 record over his nine years coaching the Crimson Tide. USC is led by Clay Helton, who took over as head coach last season. He has a 5-4 record with the Trojans.

Alabama and USC have competed seven times before in program history. The Crimson Tide are 5-2 against the Trojans, last winning in 1984, 24-3.

Alabama vs. USC prediction:

Despite its uncertainties at quarterback and loss of key players like Heisman-winning running back Derrick Henry, the Crimson Tide has a loaded arsenal of players, especially on defense. The talent between the two schools isn't necessarily drastic, but the leadership of a head coach with six national titles gives Alabama a prominent edge. The game will likely come down to a single touchdown.

Alabama 21, USC 14