One of the best non-conference contests of college football’s 2020 season has officially been cancelled.
The Alabama Crimson Tide were supposed to play the USC Trojans on Sept. 5, 2020 at AT&T Stadium. The game would’ve been a rematch of the 2016 contest in which the Tide smacked USC 52-6. The rematch now won’t take place, though.
The Pac-12 made the decision weeks ago to cancel its program’s non-conference schedules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, it’s been known for weeks the Alabama-USC game wouldn’t take place, as a result. Now, it’s been confirmed.
The 2020 AdvoCare Classic – featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide and USC Trojans – has been cancelled. The cancellation comes as a result of the Pac-12’s scheduling change.
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“The 2020 AdvoCare Classic rematch between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Southern California Trojans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, September 5, 2020 has been cancelled due to conference scheduling policy changes,” the statement reads.
Alabama-USC isn’t the only marquee non-conference contest that’s been cancelled as a result of the Pac-12’s scheduling decision. Major contests like Ohio State-Oregon and Michigan-Washington also won’t be taking place this season.
As for the Tide, they’re seeking a replacement team to fill the void left by USC. By all accounts, the SEC intends to move forward with the full 12-game schedule for each program in the conference.
Meanwhile, the Pac-12 intends to play a 10-game, conference-only schedule this season.