Much to the surprise of nobody, the 2020 AdvoCare Classic was officially cancelled on Thursday afternoon.
The AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has been canceled.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) July 30, 2020
Not exactly surprising given USC had already withdrawn when Pac12 went conference only, but any chance Alabama would find another opponent to play there is now gone.
That matchup scheduled between the Alabama Crimson Tide and USC Trojans for early September was on pretty thin ice after USC and the Pac-12 backed out of nonconference games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the game has been cancelled, Alabama will obviously not be able to field a substitute opponent for the game.
If there even is a season, we are likely looking at a very shortened one that probably will feature conference-only schedules. The SEC is likely to make a formal announcement about their plans for the season probably by the end of the week, if you are to read the tea leaves out there. So, we’ll likely know what’s lying ahead soon enough. That clock is ticking, though.