Although big-time nonconference games at the beginning of the season always make college football better, one drawback for fans was the increase in neutral site matchups.
Texas and Alabama last played in the 2010 BCS national championship game, the Crimson Tide's only victory in the series. The Tide will visit Austin, Texas, for the first time in nearly a century on September 10, 2022.
To accommodate this series Texas and Ohio State have mutually agreed to push back the dates of their home-and-home series from 2022 and 2023 to 2025 and 2026.
The schools first reached a two-for-one agreement that called for UCF to host Texas in 2007 to open what was then called Bright House Networks Stadium. Texas will host the first game, and head to Columbus for the second. However, the two teams have only met three times on their respective home fields. All matchups since the 1947 Sugar Bowl have come in postseason appearances. UT is 5-0 in the all-time series and last faced its El Paso sister school in 2016.
Texas still has more work ahead to complete future football schedules.
The Longhorns have also canceled a potentially-notable game. In 2019, the Longhorns' three scheduled non-conference opponents are Louisiana Tech (Aug. 31), LSU (Sept. 7) and at Rice (Sept. 14).
As a result, UCF ended up with a rare home-and-home series with the Longhorns.