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Texas-Notre Dame series is official

A rumored series that would pit two of the three winningest programs in college football history has come to fruition, Texas confirmed this afternoon.

Texas will play at Notre Dame to presumably open the 2015 season on Sept. 5, and will also travel to South Bend in 2020.  The Irish will travel to face the Longhorns on Sept 3, 2016, and on an unspecified date in 2019.

“I love college football history, and nobody has more historical programs than Texas and Notre Dame,” UT head coach Mack Brown said in a statement Thursday. “The renewal of this rivalry should be a lot of fun to be a part of and something that college football fans across the country can really enjoy.”

In keeping with their longstanding tradition of announcing complete schedules and not individual series, the Irish had no comment on the news that Texas has already commented on and confirmed.

Texas and Notre Dame are No. 2 and 3 behind Michigan in all-time with 845 and 837, respectively.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Texas 8-2, although the two schools have not met since 1995.

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25 Responses to “Texas-Notre Dame series is official”
  1. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 3:57 PM

    Catholics Vs The Holy Rollers. :)

  2. John Taylor says: Aug 5, 2010 3:59 PM

    I kinda like that…

  3. Cygnus_X-1 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:00 PM

    You think both sides don’t realize that Texas will probably be an independent by 2015? Look forward to Texas being on even more future schedules with them in the coming decades.

  4. borninhuntsv says: Aug 5, 2010 4:02 PM

    I thought that there wasn’t going to be any football this year for anyone much less Notre Dame after robertg and his lawyers got ahold of the NCAA and the BCS and their cheating ways.
    Ah, robertg. Where have you gone?

  5. Sean Martin says: Aug 5, 2010 4:04 PM

    Bishops vs. Bovines

  6. Donna says: Aug 5, 2010 4:06 PM

    Oooooo!!
    Hook em Horns or Go Irish! Not sure who I would pick as the winner of this one.

  7. blitz4848 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:13 PM

    Texas will NOT be independent.
    The Texas legislature will force the Tx schools to ban together. Tx, A&M, TxTech & either Baylor or Houston will go to a conference in mass. Most likely, 4 Tx teams will end up in the SEC in the next 1-3 yrs.

  8. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 4:22 PM

    I hear that all the games at South Bend will be on Friday to protect Bevo.

  9. TigerPlanck says: Aug 5, 2010 4:50 PM

    I am not a Notre Dame fan, but it is finally good to see a Coach come in that really wants to put a stamp on a program. To be the best, you got to beat the best, not Army, Airforce, Navy, and Michigan.

  10. blitz4848 says: Aug 5, 2010 4:59 PM

    Newsflash:
    Bevo horns Leprechaun….
    Leprechaun likes Bevo’s Horn….

  11. FratBoyXXX says: Aug 5, 2010 5:16 PM

    I’m glad that they got this one done, this should be a great series between 2 historic teams in College football. Granted the series doesn’t start for another 5 years; so we don’t know what the 2 teams will be like at that time.
    Now, ND will be traveling down to Austin for the game in 2016. It’s going to be Labor Day weekend, so the temperature at kickoff will probably be well over 100 degrees and humid as hell. To even things out for both teams, I sincerely hope that when Texas goes up to South Bend in 2020, that they play the game at the end of the season. I want to see how these Southern Boys do when you take them out of their element, and put them into some real outdoor football weather.

  12. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 6:08 PM

    # FratBoyXXX says:
    I want to see how these Southern Boys do when you take them out of their element, and put them into some real outdoor football weather.
    ********************
    You do realize that it gets cold and snows in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, don’t you? Of course, you don’t.

  13. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 6:15 PM

    FratBoyXXX , I forgot to add that it snows in Oklahoma, as well.

  14. FratBoyXXX says: Aug 5, 2010 6:54 PM

    @Edgy
    Thank you so much filling me in with those little funfacts, you’ve officially made my day complete. What about states like: Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia? They get an inch of snow and everybody flips out like the world is going to end.
    I’m from Chicago, and last December my family and I went down to Orlando to see Wisconsin vs. Miami in the ChampsSports Bowl. Temperature at gametime was a bone-chilling 48 degreess, and these Florida people were about to Shit themselves. It was hilarious. Northern teams have no problem going down to play you guys in the beginning of the season when the weather is to your advantage. But you never see a team from the South come up here and play in our elements at the end of the season. I’m just sayin.

  15. blitz4848 says: Aug 5, 2010 7:17 PM

    @ FratBoyXXX
    The end of the season U all R playing your conference games–Oct & Nov in the Big 10 is all conference matchups so how could the southern teams play up there? There damn sure aren’t going to be any major bowl games up there because who the heck wants to go north in the winter. Your teams & fans live for all those bowl games in Florida & Arizona. What do U think? Do the yanks want to go to Detroit or Orlando–I’ll bet that’s a tough call……..
    The 48 degree temps don’t bother anyone I know down here except the snowbirds that come down & then bitch & moan if it gets cool because they come down here to get away from it!!!!!

  16. edgy says: Aug 5, 2010 8:10 PM

    FratBoyXXX
    **************
    First off, I’m from Chicago.
    Second, the Big 12 championship has been played in Arrowhead Stadium 5 times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and the South is 4-1 in those games and 6-3 in the domes) and the weather hasn’t been 90s with a chance of sunshine. In fact, because they play the game at night, it’s been bone chilling for anyone.
    Now, it might escape your notice but the late games in the season involve — wait for it – conference opponents and you also don’t see teams from the North leaving for the South late in the season unless it’s for a bowl.

  17. CleanSlaton says: Aug 5, 2010 9:37 PM

    I live in Austin. I played every year of my football career, pop warner through high school, here. Take it from me: THE LONGHORNS WANT TO PLAY IN COLD WEATHER.
    It’s much easier & faster to warm up than to cool down; how many times has anyone seen a guy get hypothermia in a football game, ice-bowl excluded? not as many times as guys black out from heat exhaustion or cramp up from dehydration. The game here’s going to be 100+ in the stands and 110+ on the field. Those Irish lasses are going to melt.

  18. virtueandvice says: Aug 5, 2010 10:08 PM

    # TigerPlanck says: August 5, 2010 4:50 PM ET
    I am not a Notre Dame fan, but it is finally good to see a Coach come in that really wants to put a stamp on a program. To be the best, you got to beat the best, not Army, Airforce, Navy, and Michigan.
    Ummmmmmmmmmm………you might want to get a clue. Navy has won the last 2 at South Bend dipshit. Notre Dame should stick to scheduling Syracuse………..oh, that’s right! They lost to Syracuse the last time they played them at HOME! To be the best you might want to try beating bottom level D1 teams before scheduling Texas.

  19. football crazy says: Aug 6, 2010 11:07 AM

    I was in the stands for all the big games between ND and Texas in the 70′s. ND won two of them, and won the national championship after beating the Horns in a game when they forced the great Earl the Pearl to fumble 4 times cuz he couldn’t take the pounding.
    Yuk it up guys–the sun doesn’t shine on the same dogs a$$ all the time.
    As I recall, ND leads the series 8-2. Every time Texas gets cocky and leaves their element, they get their butts kicked. Just sayin.
    I have always lived in Texas, and I’ve seen this movie before. So have your fun now, cuz “here come the Irish”.

  20. football crazy says: Aug 6, 2010 11:08 AM

    I was in the stands for all the big games between ND and Texas in the 70′s. ND won two of them, and won the national championship after beating the Horns in a game when they forced the great Earl the Pearl to fumble 4 times cuz he couldn’t take the pounding.
    Yuk it up guys–the sun doesn’t shine on the same dogs a$$ all the time.
    As I recall, ND leads the series 8-2. Every time Texas gets cocky and leaves their element, they get their butts kicked. Just sayin.
    I have always lived in Texas, and I’ve seen this movie before. So have your fun now, cuz “here come the Irish”.

  21. football crazy says: Aug 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    Edgy,
    You should keep up with the times. The fish on friday thing is sooooo in the past. No one wants Bevo anyway. We like Certified Angus high quality beef.

  22. edgy says: Aug 6, 2010 1:00 PM

    # football crazy says: August 6, 2010 11:08 AM ET
    I was in the stands for all the big games between ND and Texas in the 70′s. ND won two of them, and won the national championship after beating the Horns in a game when they forced the great Earl the Pearl to fumble 4 times cuz he couldn’t take the pounding.
    Yuk it up guys–the sun doesn’t shine on the same dogs a$$ all the time.
    As I recall, ND leads the series 8-2. Every time Texas gets cocky and leaves their element, they get their butts kicked. Just sayin.
    I have always lived in Texas, and I’ve seen this movie before. So have your fun now, cuz “here come the Irish”.
    *******************
    1969 (1970 Cotton Bowl): Notre Dame (8-1-1) vs Texas (10-0-0).
    1970 (1971 Cotton Bowl): Notre Dame (9-1-0) vs Texas (9-1-0).
    1977 (1978 Cotton Bowl): Notre Dame (10-1-0) vs Texas (11-0-0).
    Texas was favored in all three but the last two games could have been considered toss ups.
    Texas is 1-2 in South Bend, with their one win in October and their 2 losses in September. The funny thing is that being “out of their element” as you say, came from playing in the Cotton Bowl when it’s a lot colder in January than some people think.

  23. cfbman33 says: Aug 7, 2010 12:12 PM

    Being a die hard fan of college football I think this series is a fantastic idea, pitting these two programs steeped in tradition against each other. That being said I am not a huge fan of either of these teams but ND has a long way to go (thank goodness for their sake these games aren’t for awhile) to be competitive with the Horns. This isn’t your fathers ND team, I don’t care what ND did in the 70s or 80s. They have been relevant maybe twice in the past 2 decades while UT has either been in the front of the pack or the pack leader. ND and Brian Kelly need to find a strong pitch to HS kids coming up and quick, because kids don’t care about what teams did 30, 40, 50 years ago. They remember what teams were good growing up and those teams are your Texas’, So. Cals, Florida teams, Ohio Sts.

  24. football crazy says: Aug 8, 2010 2:10 PM

    cfbman33,
    Your point is valid. The kids do, however, have to consider which team(s) may or not be on probation when they get there–ala So. Cal. BTW, couldn’t happen to a “more deserving” program.

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