A season-opening game against Texas is about to get even bigger. The Longhorns athletic department announced that they’ve adjusted the date of their game against Notre Dame, moving it back to Sunday, September 4, to take advantage of a national time slot on Labor Day weekend.
Texas men’s athletic director Mike Perrin released the following statement:
“When you hear Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish it grabs everyone’s attention,” Perrin said. “That’s a historic sporting event that fans worldwide want to see. This schedule provides a wonderful opportunity to play the game in an exclusive window so everyone can see it. We discussed it quite a bit and took into account all of the factors in making the decision. Now we are thrilled to take part in this showcase opportunity for both of the schools, our teams and passionate fans. In a weekend full of key college football match-ups across the country, these great institutions and storied programs will meet at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in a stand-alone spot on the college football calendar. That is tremendously exciting for all of us involved.”
The opening weekend of college football often features high-profile match-ups mixed in with some softer scheduling. Saturday already features USC and Alabama facing off at AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Wisconsin playing LSU in Lambeau Field. Other intriguing non-conference games include UCLA at Texas A&M.
With Monday night featuring Ole Miss versus Florida State in the Citrus Bowl, moving Notre Dame-Texas to Sunday gives the Longhorns and Irish center stage on Sunday.
Kickoff hasn’t been set, but Texas has announced it’ll be an evening start. The Irish blew out Texas last year to open the 2015 season, winning 38-3.