Alabama and Texas are two of the nation’s premier college football programs. And now we’ll get to see them clash on the gridiron for the first time since the Crimson Tide claimed the 2009 national championship over the Longhorns.
The universities announced Wednesday morning that they have agreed to a home-and-home football series to be played in the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
The Crimson Tide will visit Austin, Texas for the first game on Sept. 10, 2022, with the Longhorns slated to make the return trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9 in 2023.
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Alabama beat Texas 37-21 at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7, 2010 to win the BCS National Championship. Prior to that, the Crimson Tide was winless against the Longhorns in eight previous meetings.
Texas enjoyed seven wins in the previous eight meetings, with the exception being a 3-3 tie in the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl. The Longhorns last beat Alabama 14-12 in the 1982 Cotton Bowl.
But the past is the past, and the Crimson Tide is the nation’s premier college football program in 2018. Will that still be the narrative by the time that the next meeting rolls around in 2022?
That probably depends on the coaching future of Nick Saban, who will be 70 going on 71 by the time this game takes place, as much as anything. The second question on the significance of this series surrounds how well second-year coach Tom Herman has rebuilt the once proud Longhorns program. If he has them back on track for College Football Playoff contention by then, we could be looking at a game that determines the fate of both programs in those respective seasons.
It’s exciting to see national brands continue to make an effort to schedule each other in non-conference play. Nick Saban has never shied away from the opportunity, scheduling Penn State, Michigan, Florida State, USC and other national powers during his time with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama also has agreed to a future series with Notre Dame during this offseason.