In terms of brand or name value and recognition for a Week 1 non-conference matchup, it doesn’t get much better than USC and Alabama. These two programs have a wealth of success on the stat sheet, claiming a combined 27 national championships, 1,564 overall victories and eight Heisman winners.
The first season of the Jim McElwain era in Gainesville can be described as a mixed bag. The Florida Gators began the 2015 season 6-0, but they went just .500 over their last eight games including a 41-7 loss in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl to Michigan.
College football’s Week 1 slate is filled with compelling matchups, and while UCLA-Texas A&M might not have the same pregame hype as Alabama-USC or Houston-Oklahoma, there’s a lot of intrigue surrounding this game.