Friday, September 13, 2013

Visitors From the East

This weekend's college football schedule finds several teams traveling long distances for their games. For example, Ohio State flies to the San Francisco Bay area to play California at Berkeley, Boston College visits USC in Los Angeles and UCLA goes to Lincoln, Neb., to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
It is rare to see football teams from schools in the Midwest and the Southeastern part of the country travel to the West Coast, but 20 to 30 years ago, it was quite common.
The marquee matchup on Saturday is No. 1 Alabama playing Texas A&M at College Station. This will probably be  the longest trip that the Crimson Tide will take this season. But when John McKay coached at USC, the Trojans regularly played teams located in the Southeast, including Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina.
McKay arranged with Alabama's legendary Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant home and home series, which continued when John Robinson took the helm at USC after McKay left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In memorable game at the Coliseum, Alabama beat USC, 21-20. USC scored late in the fourth quarter and went for two points, but failed to make the conversion.


add scheduling: Last season, Nebraska visited UCLA in Pasadena and the Bruins scored a wild 36-30 win, racking up over 600 yards in offense.

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