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Longhorns, Irish move opener to 'exclusive window' of Sunday

Texas and Notre Dame have agreed to move their season opener in Austin to Sunday night, which provides what Fighting Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick said would be "a greater opportunity for fans of college football to enjoy what is sure to be another great game in a classic rivalry that dates back to 1913."

With no NFL slated for that Sunday -- Sept. 4 -- the schools are hoping for the national TV spotlight, though no TV commitments or kickoff time have been announced.

"This schedule provides a wonderful opportunity to play the game in an exclusive window so everyone can see it," Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said.

"We discussed it quite a bit and took into account all of the factors in making the decision," he said.

Notre Dame's 38-3 win last year came in the teams' 11th meeting and gave the Irish their ninth victory in the series.

September's game will be the second of a four-game series between the schools agreed to in 2010 and begun last year.

The last time the Longhorns beat Notre Dame was in the 1970 Cotton Bowl. The victory capped off Texas' national championship season.

Notre Dame (10-3) ended the past season with a 44-28 loss to Ohio State in the Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl, after failing to make the College Football Playoff.

Texas will be looking to bounce back after missing out on a bowl at 5-7, though the Longhorns capped the season with a 23-17 win over a 12-ranked Baylor team and spoiled a Sugar Bowl bid for the Bears.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.