Longhorns add marquee match ups …over a decade in the future

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas football announced a pair of marquee, home-and-home non-conference games to its future schedule with showdowns against Florida and Arizona State.

The Longhorns will play the Gators in Gainesville in 2030, with Florida making the return trip in 2031. Once that series is done, Texas will play the Sun Devils in Tempe in 2032 with ASU making the return trip the following season.

Friday’s announcement continues a trend of scheduling tough, headline-grabbing games. UT’s already played home-and-home series with the likes of USC and Notre Dame. In 2019, Texas hosts LSU, with a trip to Baton Rouge coming in 2020. There are also games against Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Georgia on deck.

Noticeably absent from all these future dates is rival Texas A&M. The two programs both point to their loaded futures as reasons why they can’t find a date that works.

As the conference schedules are set up, Texas only has three non-conference games per year because of a nine-game, round-robin Big 12 schedule. The Aggies play an extra game outside of SEC play because their conference schedule only has eight conference games.

While Florida and Arizona State stole the headlines on Friday, games against in-state, Group of Five teams were also announced. The Longhorns scheduled four games with UTSA between 2024 and 2030, with the match ups all coming on even years. Texas will host UTEP in the odd years during that same stretch. There’s also a game against UTEP in 2020 and against UTSA in 2022.

In 2024, UT will open the season at home against Colorado State.

Because of all the new dates, Texas changed its three-game series with USF to just one game in Austin in 2020. The Bulls are currently coached by Charlie Strong, who led the Longhorns from 2014-16.

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