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The weekend got off to an interesting start.
Fifth Quarter received a tip from an unnamed source that BYU had scheduled two new games for the 2020 season. We were unable to confirm what teams were involved with the source, but that one of the teams was in the SEC.
BYU Twitter soon became abuzz when reports surfaces that Alabama was closing in on its replacement for its Week 1 game vs. USC in Dallas. The rumored new opponent? The BYU Cougars.
The game likely wouldn’t catch the eye of any die-hard Alabama fans, but to BYU fans, this is another chance to play on the big stage against a national title contender.
The last time these two teams got together was in 1998 in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide beat the Cougars 38-31 behind the power running of future Seattle Seahawks great, Shaun Alexander.
The current athletic director at Alabama, Greg Byrne, was formerly the AD at Arizona. He had a great relationship with BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe. The two scheduled a three-game series between the Wildcats and the Cougars prior to the 2016 season.
It is unclear whether the game will be played in Dallas, as originally planned for the USC game, or in Tuscaloosa. Either way, the game should be an exciting opportunity for BYU fans to see their beloved Cougars play a national power.
When or if this game does happen, it will be a positive for both teams getting the opportunity to play Labor Day weekend. Should the contest take place at AT&T Stadium, it would be BYU’s first time opening a season there since 2009. That year, the Cougars stunned No. 3 Oklahoma, 14-13.