Now Longhorn fans know where to tune for the beginning of the Charlie Strong era. All eyes will be on the Longhorn Network when Strong takes to the field for his first game as Texas’ head coach.
The Longhorn Network announced today that it will air the historic first game, when UT takes on the North Texas Eagles on Saturday, August 30. This is the fourth straight year that the LHN has aired the season opener, but this game carries significantly more weight since it stars the debut of Charlie Strong, the school's first African-American head football coach.
This season also includes the launch of LHN on DISH Network, a major addition to the ESPN channel's reach in Austin, which also includes AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Grande and Verizon FiOS TV.
Also announced were the kickoff times and carriers of three other games for the season:
- BYU, September 6 at 6:30 pm in Austin, Texas - FOX Sports 1
- UCLA, The AdvoCare Showdown, September 13 at 7 pm in Arlington, Texas (AT&T Stadium) - FOX
- TCU, November 27 at 6:30 pm in Austin, Texas - FOX Sports 1
The BYU Cougars are coming to Austin after drubbing the Longhorns last year in Provo, Utah, 41-20, leading the series against Texas 3-1. Texas will then take a quick road trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to play UCLA, one of the first true tests for Strong’s new team. The Longhorns last played UCLA in 2011 in Pasadena, winning that matchup, but UCLA defeated Texas in Austin in 2010. The all-time series between UCLA and UT is tied at 3-3.
Fans can also prepare their viewing schedules for Turkey Day, when the Longhorns carry on the Thanksgiving Day home game tradition against TCU. While the Longhorns defeated the Horned Frogs last year in Fort Worth, TCU was victorious during the last Thanksgiving match-up in 2012. Last year, UT defeated Texas Tech on Thanksgiving.
Not all game times have been announced, but the full UT football schedule is available online.