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Report: Texas in negotiations with Alabama for home-and-home series

The ‘Horns continue to value non-conference games against the nation’s top programs.

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship Game-Alabama vs Georgia Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban might finally be coming to Austin.

A report emerged on Saturday afternoon from that the Texas Longhorns are in negotiations with the Alabama Crimson Tide for a home-and-home series at some point in the future.

Since Texas already has non-conference games against LSU in 2019 and 2020, Ohio State in 2022 and 2023, and Michigan is 2024 and 2027, there are already plenty of marquee games on the schedule for the next several years. So if Texas and Alabama do end up playing a home-and-home series, the most likely dates are 2025 and 2026. Playing earlier would require them to play two really difficult non-conference games in a season, which athletic director Chris Del Conte and head coach Tom Herman might not prefer.

The Longhorns and Crimson Tide last faced off in early 2010 in the national championship game. After quarterback Colt McCoy left the game with an injury, Garrett Gilbert couldn’t lead Texas to victory, falling 37-21.

But that’s the only loss for Texas in a series that dates back to 1902 and features seven wins for the Longhorns and one tie.