The two high profile teams will be playing a four-game series starting in 2015 that should attract a lot of action vs. the college football lines.
The first matchup between these marquee teams will be at South Bend on September 5th, 2015. The following season the teams will meet in Austin on September 3rd. They will take a break before the final two games of the series. They will play in Austin on August 31st in 2019 and in South Bend on September 12th, 2020.
Both head coaches were very excited about the new series. Texas coach Mack Brown is thrilled with the opportunity for Texas to play Notre Dame while new Irish coach Brian Kelly was also very happy. Texas heads into the 2010 at number two in NCAA history with 845 wins. Notre Dame is right behind them with 837 all-time wins.
Texas and Notre Dame have met 10 times in history with Notre Dame winning eight of the ten. They have not met since 1996 at Austin. Texas has not won a game against Notre Dame since the Cotton Bowl in 1970 when the Longhorns won a national title.
Texas is considered a national title contender this season while Notre Dame is a long shot. Texas is 12-1 to win the national championship this season while Notre Dame is 40-1. The Longhorns must replace quarterback Colt McCoy but they have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. Notre Dame has a new head coach in Brian Kelly but they are not considered on the same level as some of the top teams in the country. Notre Dame does have a fairly easy schedule with only four road games all season. Texas has the tougher task as they must play Oklahoma as part of their Big 12 schedule and they also have to travel to Nebraska.
Perhaps by the time Notre Dame and Texas meet in 2015 the Fighting Irish will be national title contenders again. The Longhorns are in the hunt every season but Notre Dame still has some work to do to get up to the top level of college football.