It all started with funny and easy conversation on the nationally syndicated Dan Patrick Show. The idea of the Trojans opening the 2016 season against the Crimson Tide would certainly spark the barometer in college football circles.
Remember that guy Lane Kiffin, the former USC football head coach who once again seemingly fell up into the role of Alabama offensive coordinator working under legendary coach Nick Saban. While right now just hearsay, the possibilities are endless when it comes to USC and Alabama football battling it out for conference supremacy.
"Nothing's set in stone," USC Coach Steve Sarkisian told the Los Angeles Times. "But we're always going to play the tough opponents."
USC and Alabama have played plenty of important football games over the course of the past century. Most notably in 1970 when African American running back Sam Bam Cunningham infamously helped break the color line for the Bear Bryant led Alabama football program after crushing the Crimson Tide, 42-21, in dominate fashion.
Imagine the picture perfect moments as Lane Kiffin's Alabama offense, filled with hard-hitting running and plenty of bubble screens, battling it out with Justin Wilcox's free-flowing USC defense. The best part of this meeting however would be the sideline antics from Kiffin as his team prances up and down the field with that memorable play sheet.
Just don't bring up injuries, play calling or basic strategy in the press conference.
USC and Alabama have played seven times, with the Crimson Tide winning five. The schools have not met since the 1985 Aloha Bowl, but the possibility of another star-studded matchup in 2016 would not only be fantastic, it would require the pageantry of Jerry's World to house the Pac-12 and SEC's football powers of recent memory.