Whenever Alabama does open the 2020 college football season, it won’t be in Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

That was a safe assumption already, due to the fact the Pac-12 moved to a conference-only schedule leaving Alabama without a season-opening opponent. With USC unable to make the trip to Arlington, the Crimson Tide’s season-opening matchup with the Trojans was dead but there was hope Alabama could find a replacement opponent for the contest.

While it has been reported that Alabama is in discussions to replace that game, most reports have the Crimson Tide attempting to schedule a game with BYU, we now know the 2020 AdvoCare Classic game won’t be held this season.

The organization issued the following statement on Thursday:


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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.”

Does this mean the SEC is headed toward a conference-only schedule? That remains to be seen but whenever Alabama kicks off the 2020 season, it won’t be in Arlington.