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Anticipated Texas-USC sellout impacted by increased demand for season tickets

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Want to see the Horns and Trojans in Austin? It will probably require buying season tickets.

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One of the most intriguing non-conference match ups during the 2018 season will feature a rematch of the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 15.

Fans who want to guarantee access to the game will have to purchase season tickets, the school announced on Tuesday, because of an increased demand due to 3,000 new season ticket holders and a renewal rate unmatched since 2014.

As a result, Texas can no longer guarantee the availability of single-game tickets at the anticipated sellout.

In June, the school will offer any remaining seats to season ticket holders in order of Loyalty Points, which are determined by donations to the Longhorn Foundation.

Last season, the two school met for the first time since the national championship game at the Rose Bowl in early 2006, with USC winning 27-24 in double overtime. In six meetings, the Trojans have won every match up other than Vince Young’s iconic performance.

Other than the 2016 game against Notre Dame that also resulted in a double-overtime thriller, the USC game is the most anticipated non-conference match up for Texas since the 2006 contest against Ohio State.