The Alabama-USC game this weekend will highlight a series of  ready for prime time openers which include LSU-Wisconsin, Florida State-Mississippi, Texas-Notre Dame and Houston-Oklahoma.

At TMG College Sports, we turned back the clock 45 years to an Alabama-USC game in the Los Angeles Coliseum which not only set the table for a season, but was the starting point of a decade of dominance by Alabama and Coach Paul Bear Bryant.

It was in that game that Bryant unveiled his version of the Wishbone offense. It was also a payback game for a 42-21 rout by the Trojans, coached by another legendary CFB figure John McKay,  a year earlier in which USC tailback Sam Cunningham went wild, forcing Alabama and Bryant to accept integration in the Tide program and opening  up the entire SEC.

TMG’s role in this tale came in the summer of 2000, when current TMG staffers Rankman and A Jerseyguy were playing a round of golf in Austin, Texas with legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal, the architect of the wishbone offense which Bryant and Bama surprised USC with in the rematch against the Trojans on 9-10-71.

Alabama came into the game following a 6-5-1 season and used the win over USC as a springboard to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Orange Bowl where the Tide lost to eventual national champion Nebraska.

In one of the most entertaining rounds of golf Ajerseyguy ever played,  Royal told a story a hole, including how Bryant made the switch to the Wishbone.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.