Alabama and Texas announce Home-and-Home series
TUSCALOOSA, Ala (WPMI) —
Alabama and Texas announced a home-and-home series between the Crimson Tide and Longhorns for 2022 and 2023 on Wednesday.
"We're thrilled to be able to add another incredible non-conference opponent with the University of Texas for a home-and-home series," said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. "It's been nearly 100 years since Alabama has visited Austin and over a century since the Longhorns have traveled to Tuscaloosa, so we're looking forward to it. This will certainly be a great opportunity for our program and our fans."
The first meeting will take place in Austin on Sept. 10, 2022, with Texas returning the trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.
The 2022 matchup will be the be the 10th meeting between two of college football's most storied programs and the first since the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns, 37-21, in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., at the conclusion of the 2009 season.
"We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football."
Texas holds a 7-1-1 edge in the series with six meetings coming in bowl games. The teams first met in Tuscaloosa during the 1902 season followed by trips to Austin for the Crimson Tide in 1915 and 1922. The bowl game meetings including the 1948 Sugar Bowl, the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, the 1965 Orange Bowl and the 1973 and 1982 Cotton Bowls, along with the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
Alabama is scheduled to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla., against Louisville. The Crimson Tide will then face Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2019 and Miami (Fla.) in the 2021 game in Atlanta.