ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two of the nation’s premier programs will matchup in the 2016 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Alabama and Southern California are set for their first regular-season face-off since some storied games in the 1970s.

The Labor Day weekend season opener at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium will be held Sept. 3, 2016.

The last time Alabama and USC met in the regular season was 1978, when the Crimson Tide were the AP national champions and the Trojans finished No. 1 in the UPI poll. Alabama’s only loss that season was 24-14 to USC.

Defending national champion Florida State plays Oklahoma State in this year’s Cowboys Classic on Aug. 2.

Alabama is also playing in the 2015 kickoff game, against Wisconsin. The Crimson Tide beat Michigan 41-14 in the 2012 game.

History of the Cowboys Classic

2013: LSU 37, TCU 27

2012: Alabama 41, Michigan 14

2011: LSU 40, Oregon 27

2010: TCU 30, Oregon St. 21

BYU 14, Oklahoma 13

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