A battle of college football heavy weights is officially set to take place. The Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide have agreed to a home and home series in 2022 and 2023.
The last time these two met, it didn’t go too well for the Longhorns. Texas lost the 2010 National Championship game to the Tide, 21-37. And well, they haven’t been the same since. And for Bama, it was the beginning of one of the greatest dynasties in the history of college football. Despite that game though, Texas dominates the series at 7-1-1.
Texas will host the first matchup in Austin 2022, and the series will shift to Tuscaloosa in 2023. This will be the first time that these two historic programs meet outside of a bowl game since 1922 when the Longhorns beat the Crimson Tide 19-10 in Austin.
In order to get this deal in place, Chris Del Conte had to persuade Ohio State to push back their home and home with Texas that was also originally scheduled for 2022 and 2023. That series will now be played in 2026 and 2027. Additionally, Texas has canceled their home game against UCF in 2023.
For Texas, adding this home and home with Alabama just bolsters one of the toughest non-conference slates through 2030. Texas now has USC, LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Michigan, and Ohio State all scheduled within the next ten years.
Alabama is finally beginning to address the narrative that they strategically avoid home and home series, preferring the much more winnable neutral site games. About a month ago the Crimson Tide agreed to a home and home with Notre Dame in 2028 and 2029. Now, Alabama has set up a home and home with another marquee program in Texas.
This upcoming series with Texas will be Alabama’s first home and home series since the Crimson Tide played Penn State in 2010 and 2011. For those keeping count, Alabama will have remarkably skirted a true non-conference away game for eleven years.
The Big 12 is beginning to schedule some high profile out of conference games. For the years 2022 and 2023 alone, add Alabama to a reputable list of scheduled non-conference foes such as Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Oregon.
Big time matchups like these are what makes college football magical. So mark your calendars for September 10th, 2022 and September 9th 2023 because two college football heavyweights—Texas and Alabama—are officially set to collide.