As Texas and Oklahoma put together to maneuver to the Southeastern Convention in 2024, the SEC launched soccer opponents for the upcoming season. Many present SEC opponents are former Huge 12 rivals, making Texas’ transfer to the brand new convention thrilling for followers and foes alike.
With the Texas and Oklahoma transfer, the SEC dissolved its present East and West division mannequin, as a substitute shifting to an eight-opponent schedule. All 16 groups’ opponents had been revealed at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
In its first 12 months of SEC play, Texas will face Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State at dwelling within the Darrell Ok Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and journey to Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M. Texas may even see Oklahoma on the Cotton Bowl. Whereas Texas will technically be the away crew in Dallas in 2024, the ambiance will certainly make either side really feel at dwelling.
The Longhorns will journey to Nashville to tackle the Vanderbilt Commodores, renewing a matchup that hasn’t occurred since 1928, when Texas fell 13-12 at dwelling to Vanderbilt. Nonetheless, Vanderbilt has not seen a lot success in current seasons, going 5-7 in 2022, its finest file since 2018.
Renewing an previous rivalry with plenty of historical past, Texas will journey to Fayetteville to tackle the Arkansas Razorbacks for the primary time since 2021, when Arkansas received the “Welcome to the SEC” recreation 40-21.
In essentially the most anticipated rivalry renewal, Texas will return to Kyle Area to tackle the Texas A&M Aggies for the primary time since Justin Tucker’s last-second walk-off subject aim in 2011. Since then, the chatter across the two groups’ subsequent matchup has been countless, and followers on either side now have a solution.
“I’m most excited in regards to the (Texas A&M) rivalry (being renewed),” stated electrical and laptop engineering junior Robert Taylor. “It’s native, I’ve a whole lot of associates that go there and it’s at all times enjoyable to compete with them.”
In contrast to with Texas A&M and Arkansas, the Longhorns don’t have a protracted historical past of enjoying with groups like Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State, with essentially the most memorable win over Georgia coming within the 2019 Sugar Bowl.
“I’m excited to see new opponents,” Taylor stated. “Attending to play good groups (like SEC groups) ought to make our crew higher. Taking part in higher groups makes you higher your self.”
Texas’ SEC transfer was met with excessive expectations because the announcement in 2021, and this sturdy first-year schedule will permit the crew to show it may well compete with the very best of the very best.