Texas and Alabama football are set to renew their rivalry after it was announced on Wednesday that the Longhorns and Crimson Tide had scheduled a home-and-home series in 2022-23.
Aside from the name recognition that both teams carry, the future contests between the traditional college football powerhouses may seem like just another routine agreement for two Power 5 teams to pay a visit to each other as part of non-conference play.
But the future showdowns between the schools also provide for a weird scheduling kink.
As noted by The Athletic’s Max Olson, the announcement on Wednesday means that Texas will face Alabama in the regular season more than almost every SEC East team across the next six seasons. That includes 2017 SEC champion Georgia, who lost to Alabama in overtime of the national title game in January.
The reason being, of course, is that the two-division SEC rotates opponents when it comes to cross-division games, with the exceptions being traditional rivalries such as Georgia-Auburn and Tennessee-Alabama. It’s a different scene in the Big 12, which has used a round-robin format since the conference shrunk from 12 teams to 10 teams in 2011.
Alas, here’s a comparison between Texas and SEC East teams when it comes to regular season match-ups with Alabama through the 2023 season.
Texas vs. the SEC East in future games with Alabama (through 2023 season)
Texas: 2 (2022, 2023)
Georgia: 1 (2020)
Tennessee: 6 (annual matchup)
Florida: 1 (2021)
South Carolina: 1 (2019)
Vanderbilt: 1 (2022)
Missouri: 1 (2018)
Kentucky: 1 (2023)
Thanks to the rotation format, Tennessee is the only SEC East team that Texas doesn’t beat in the amount of regular season games vs. Alabama during the next six seasons.
Weird to think about, but true nonetheless.