The Texas Longhorns have made official the location switch of their home-and-home football series with Michigan that was originally announced in 2014. The Wolverines will now host the Longhorns at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024, and the return game will take place at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sept. 11, 2027. This switch was made due to the expected financial benefits that the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners would bring to the Big 12 by joining the SEC early. In addition to getting $20 million for losing the television rights to Texas and OU football games a year early, Fox will now be able to air Texas’ 2024 matchup with Michigan under the network’s deal with the Big Ten.
This matchup brings together two of the winningest programs in NCAA history, with Michigan ranking first in all-time wins with 989, while Texas is fifth with 936. The previous meeting between the two schools came in the 2005 Rose Bowl, where Texas won 38-37 on Dusty Mangum’s field goal as time expired. Vince Young accounted for 372 yards and five touchdowns, as the Longhorns won in their first BCS Bowl appearance to cap an 11-1 season.
Leaving the Big 12 early to join the SEC was one of the final obstacles that Texas and Oklahoma had to overcome. Fox, along with NBC and CBS, will continue to carry games from the Big Ten. This switch of venues was made to make Fox financially whole for the loss of two ratings magnets one year early. ESPN will carry SEC games starting in 2024.
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