FOX announced Monday that it has been chosen to broadcast a marquee nonconference matchup between Alabama and Texas on Sept. 10. The game between two of college football’s most storied programs is set to take place at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Kick time has yet to be announced.
Both programs enter 2022 with high expectations, as it will be the second season for Steve Sarkisian as Longhorns coach. He previously served on the Crimson Tide staff, winning a national championship in 2020 under Nick Saban. Alabama returns last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young at quarterback as it aims to make its eighth appearance in the College Football Playoff.
The Crimson Tide are coming off of a runner up finish in the title game against Georgia this past season. Meanwhile, Texas went 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time in four years. The Longhorns brought in quarterback Quinn Ewers, the No. 3 overall player according to On3’s Transfer Portal Rankings, in to help turn things around. Texas also returns star running back Bijan Robinson and leading receiver Xavier Worthy to make up what is projected to be an explosive offense.
Alabama made great use of the transfer portal this offseason as well, bringing in three of On3’s top 10 players. That includes running back Jahmyr Gibbs and receiver Jermaine Burton, who played for Georgia in 2021. Needless to say, this should be one of the more interesting nonconference matchups of the 2022 football season.
Each season it seems the Longhorns enter with with lofty goals only to fall short of them. In the past 12 seasons, they has reached 10 wins just one time, while the Crimson Tide have won five national championships in that time. But the name value alone should draw plenty of eyeballs to FOX to watch Alabama and Texas this upcoming season.