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No. 1 Alabama going for perfect 10 Saban opener vs. USC

Top-ranked Alabama has never lost an opener under Nick Saban. And the Crimson Tide's last two national championships, including a season ago, started at the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Maybe Crimson Tide fans should go ahead and make plans for Tampa in January for the next College Football Playoff title game. Many of them probably already have even before the start of Saban's 10th season.

Alabama opens Saturday night at AT&T Stadium against 20th-ranked Southern California, which is facing an SEC team for the first time in 10 years.

It is the seventh of Saban's openers to be played in a neutral site against team from another Power Five conference —...