Apr 19, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Lane Kiffin talks to wide receiver Christion Jones (22) prior to the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama To Play USC Trojans in 2016?

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would be looking across the sidelines at his former employers if a rumored Alabama – USC Trojans matchup takes place.

Tony Di Francisco, Director of Operations for CFBMatrix.com says that a Tide – Trojans matchup is being discussed, and that it would potentially take place in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

Asked about the rumors while playing golf at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Alabama head coach Nick Saban was reticent.

“We’re always looking but not anything I can share with you right now,” Saban said. “I don’t think we want to create speculation.”

Alabama would be returning to Dallas for the first time since their dominant performance in a 41-14 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in 2012. The Tide have often opened the season with a main event matchup in the Nick Saban era, with wins over the Wolverines as well as Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Alabama will open 2014 against West Virginia and 2015 against the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Trojans would be facing their former head coach in Kiffin, who went 35-21 with the Trojans. Kiffin was fired after a 3-2 start in the 2013 season. He was hired by Saban after the season to replace departing offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

It’s certainly far too early to call this meeting a certainty, but it’s an intriguing matchup between two legendary programs. The PAC-12 powerhouse would bring their legion of fans halfway across the country to face the most dominant team in the SEC and an army of crimson-clad partisans.

The Tide are 5-2 all time against the Trojans, with their last meeting taking place in the 1985 Aloha Bowl in Hawaii. Coach Ray Perkins led Alabama to a 24-3 win over USC.

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