Notre Dame and Texas will now face off on Sunday, September 4, Texas’ sports information department reported in a Friday release.
This will allow the game to be broadcast during an exclusive national timeslot. No announcement has been made on the carrier or game time, though the release states the game will kick off in the evening. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports, however, that the game will be carried by ESPN/ABC.
ESPN/ABC primetime opening weekend: Sept. 3 Alabama-USC (Arlington); Sept. 4 Notre Dame at Texas; Sept. 5 FSU-Ole Miss (Orlando)
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 8, 2016
“When you hear Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish it grabs everyone’s attention,” Texas Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin stated in the release. “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.”
Notre Dame has nine wins in the 11 contests between the two schools, including a 38-3 victory to open the 2015 season. The last meeting at DKR occurred 20 years ago, which the Irish won 27-24.
Texas head coach Charlie Strong also commented in the release, saying, “Having worked in both programs, I have a deep appreciation of the great football pride, tradition and passion at Texas and Notre Dame. This is a game we’re obviously very excited about and really looking forward to. I think moving it to Sunday with no NFL games when it can really be in the spotlight will make it that much more special.”
“A game of the magnitude of Notre Dame-Texas, played on the opening weekend of the college football season, deserves a special place on the Labor Day sports calendar. With this move we have secured that place and by doing so are providing a greater opportunity for fans of college football to enjoy what is sure to be another great game in a classic rivalry that dates back to 1913,” said Notre Dame vice president and James E. Rohr director of athletics Jack Swarbrick in a separate release.