No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 20 USC
8 p.m. Saturday, ABC The buzz: The Crimson Tide open at a neutral site for the fifth year in a row and for the third time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They are looking to become the first team to open and finish a season ranked No. 1 since USC did in 2004. Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was fired as Trojans head coach five games into the 2013 season.
The buzz: This game at NRG Stadium in Houston is one of eight neutral-site matchups on opening weekend. The Sooners have lost their last three neutral-site games, including last year’s 37-17 Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in a national semifinal. The Cougars open a season ranked for the first time since 1991, when they were in the Southwest Conference.