(UPDATE: 7/21: This game will not happen in 2020)
Rumors of an Alabama-ND game began swirling on Friday afternoon, when Gary Stoken of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic mentioned the possibility of an Alabama vs. Notre Dame game to kick off the teams' respective 2020 seasons.
Gary Stoken of the Chic Fil A Kickoff Classic said on the show that Notre Dame has been floated as a week one opponent for Alabama in South Bend, Tuscaloosa or Dallas...and there is a scenario that Virginia-Va Tech play in Atlanta if ACC/SEC goes "Conference +1" schedule— Thom Abraham (@thomabrahamshow) July 17, 2020
Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn made reference to a Notre Dame/SEC game a day earlier on local radio:
“Don't be surprised if you hear about a Notre Dame vs SEC team match up this year. One that is a historic rivalry!"— Xtra 1063 (@Xtra1063) July 16, 2020
The guys discuss who could it be? @TugCowart @HMason14 pic.twitter.com/rNcEvQ0OkF
Notre Dame vs. Alabama has not taken place since the 2013 BCS National Championship game. The two teams have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2028 and 2029.
If the game does happen, Notre Dame vs. Alabama tickets would immediately become one of the hottest college football tickets of the century (assuming some fans are permitted).
The rumored Week 1 showdown could take place in South Bend, Tuscaloosa or Dallas. It would immediately become the marquee matchup on both the Notre Dame and Alabama 2020 football schedules.
Vivid Seats will have full ticket information if any ND-Alabama game gets announced.