The Texas Longhorns football team is taking all challengers, even if it means having to fight a little above their weight class. Even with future games already set up with the top teams from the SEC and Big Ten, the Longhorns are still seeking tougher and tougher opponents in the years to come.
According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Texas is seeking a home-and-home series with Florida for the 2030 and 2031 seasons. The two sides have not faced each other in the regular season since 1940.
Bohls did note, however, that an in-state showdown between Texas and Texas A&M does not seem possible before 2032. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte reportedly told him, "It's too soon to have a conversation on that."
I'm hearing that Texas is trying to arrange a home-and-home series with Florida for 2030-31, though Del Conte wouldn't confirm that. So 2032 would be the earliest that rivalry game could be played unless a contract is bought out.
While a game against the state of Texas' other top football team may not be in the card, the next decade or so is going to have some terrific non-conference games.
The Longhorns begin a home-and-home series with LSU in 2019, followed by a blockbuster home-and-home series against Alabama in 2022 and 2023.
The four years after that will see Texas go toe-to-toe against the titans of the Big Ten: Michigan (2024 and 2027), and Ohio State (2025 and 2026).
All of those teams could very well have extremely different looks by the time they're ready to play (Jim Harbaugh will be in his mid-60s if he's still at Michigan!), but there's no doubt that Texas wants to play against the best of the best.