The 123rd season of Texas football will begin Sept. 5 at Notre Dame, the first meeting between two of college football’s blue-blood programs since Notre Dame hit a late field goal for a 27-24 win in Austin back in September 1996.
Most are predicting that Texas, which was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12, will win six or seven games after going 6-7 in 2014.
Here’s a breakdown of the Longhorns’ schedule:
SEPT. 5: AT NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind., 6:30 p.m., NBC
Texas ended last season on the wrong end of two blowouts (Arkansas, 31-7; TCU, 48-10) and could be staring at a third against an Irish team ranked just outside the top 10 in most polls. The QB battle has long pointed toward Tyrone Swoopes, but Jerrod Heard is expected to make his debut. For Notre Dame, multiyear starting quarterback Everett Golson decided to play his final season at Florida State after losing his job to junior Malik Zaire, who ran for 96 yards and a touchdown in a Music City Bowl triumph over LSU. Golson considered joining Texas but was blocked from doing so by Notre Dame since he knows the team’s signals. Even without Golson, 18 starters are back for the Irish, who were 8-5 last year.
All-time: Notre Dame, 8-2; Last time: Notre Dame, 27-24 (1996)