As if being left out of last season's College Football Playoff national championship weren't enough, Central Florida fans became the bridesmaid to Alabama again on Wednesday as the Knights' 2023 matchup with Texas was canceled so the Longhorns could make room for the Tide.
Alabama and Texas have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023. In nine previous matchups between the two college football titans, Texas - and not Alabama - holds a decided edge with a 7-1-1 record. The Crimson Tide will then return the favor on September 9, 2023. Alabama won 37-21, but most UT fans remember it as the game quarterback Colt McCoy was injured on the fifth play of the night. Texas will host the first game, and head to Columbus for the second. The two were set to have a home-and-home in 2022-23, but that has now been moved back to 2025-26 to accommodate Alabama vs. Texas. However, the two teams have only met three times on their respective home fields.
Texas has also announced a home game against UTEP in 2020, but no one will be talking about that one. The bowl matchups have taken place in the 1947 Sugar Bowl, 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, 1964 Orange Bowl, 1972 and 1982 Cotton Bowls and most recently the 2010 Rose Bowl. In 2019, the Longhorns' three scheduled non-conference opponents are Louisiana Tech (Aug. 31), LSU (Sept. 7) and at Rice (Sept. 14).
There are still one open slot on each schedule ranging from 2021-24.
As a result, UCF ended up with a rare home-and-home series with the Longhorns.