Notre Dame vs. Texas Game Moved To Sunday

    The Notre Dame vs. Texas game on opening weekend has been moved to Sunday. The schools announced the change on Friday.

    April 8, 2016

    The Notre Dame vs. Texas game on opening weekend has been moved to Sunday.

    College football fans have been handed an early gift, courtesy of the Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. On Friday, the programs announced that their season-opening game, originally slated for Saturday, Sept. 3, will be moved to Sunday, Sept. 4.

    The move gives every day, from Thursday through Monday, a college football game during the opening week.

    According to the universities, the decision was made to “maximize the national reach.”

    The game will be slotted for a Sunday night kickoff in Austin, Tex., but the exact time has yet to be determined.

    “When you hear Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish it grabs everyone’s attention,” Texas Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin said. “That’s a historic sporting event that fans worldwide want to see. This schedule provides a wonderful opportunity to play the game in an exclusive window so everyone can see it.”

    Given that the NFL starts a week later, it’s a smart move by Texas and Notre Dame to escape the noise of Saturday’s opening slate, which features several big-time, out-of-conference matchups, including Alabama vs. USC, LSU vs. Wisconsin and Houston vs. Oklahoma.

    Florida State and Ole Miss will meet on Labor Day.

    The matchup between the Longhorns and Irish will be the 12th all-time, with Notre Dame holding a 9-2 edge. Their last meeting came in Austin, with the Irish winning by three points.

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