ESPN’s College Gameday in Austin for Texas football vs. Alabama

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Next weekend, we’re going to see one of the more highly anticipated non-conference matchups of the 2022 season between Texas football and the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian will get to face his former boss legendary Alabama head coach Nick Saban in this big-time Week 2 matchup.

This is also the best team that Sark has faced since taking over as the Texas head coach last year.

And this matchup just got a little bit bigger for the Longhorns and Crimson Tide next weekend.

On the night of Sep. 3, ESPN announced that the site of College GameDay for Week 2 of the college football season will be Austin, TX. This will be the first time that the ESPN College GameDay set will be in Austin for a Longhorns game since 2019, when quarterback Joe Burrow and the National Champion LSU Tigers downed Texas by one touchdown.

ESPN College GameDay will be in Austin next weekend for Texas football vs. Alabama

Moreover, the last time that the College GameDay set was on site for a Texas game was last season. College GameDay was at the Red River Rivalry game last season between Texas and the Oklahoma Sooners.

This will also the first time since the postseason last year that College GameDay was on site for an Alabama game.

The meeting between Texas and Alabama next weekend is specifically set to kick off at 11 a.m. CT at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 10. The game will be broadcast live on FOX after the Big Noon Kickoff show concludes.

Texas currently owns the all-time series between Texas and Alabama 7-1-1. But the last meeting between Texas and Alabama went in favor of the Crimson Tide, in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

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Entering that meeting with Alabama next weekend, Texas will carry in a record of 1-0 (0-0 Big 12) after the season opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Sep. 3. Meanwhile, Saban and the Crimson Tide just wrapped up a dominant win at home on Sep. 3 over the Utah State Aggies out of the Mountain West.