While Texas and Alabama won’t face off on the field until Saturday, the school’s departments are already heading in for the second season in a row.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne confirmed that the school will seat a 5,000-ticket dedicated to Texas fans and the band upstairs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The move comes after Texas did something similar at last year’s game between the two teams, placing tickets intended for Alabama fans and their squad on the top floor of the Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.

“We’re able to reciprocate a similar seating arrangement to what we had last year in Austin,” Byrne told the Tuscaloosa News.

Alabama ultimately did not send its squad to Texas for a game last season after learning of the arrangement. However, Texas will send its squad to Alabama for a game this season, although it will follow a similar policy it does for out-of-state games by sending fewer members and not performing at halftime, a member of the Texas athletics department said. Tuscaloosa News.

When the two schools agreed to their “home-and-home” series in 2018, they included in the contract that for each game the home team must allocate “4,500 tickets for ticket purchases and 500 tickets for their home fans (including bands),” but did not say where they should be. To have these tickets.

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Texas was allowed to place its seats for visiting fans and the marching band anywhere on the field, regardless of the opponent. The Big 12 requires each school to allocate at least 2,500 tickets to the visiting cheerleaders and marching band, but does not stipulate where they must be seated.

“We moved the visitors section out of the lower bowl to give our students a contiguous student section thus creating a great atmosphere at DKR,” Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said. he wrote in a social media post after receiving criticism for TCU fans and squad sitting upstairs during a game in 2018. “If the visiting team elects to bring their squad they should be seated in the visitors’ designated seats.”

The SEC, which will welcome Texas and Oklahoma in 2024, requires all schools to set aside at least 2,500 seats for visiting fans in the lower portion of stadiums for conference games. Alabama and Texas are not scheduled to meet in 2024.

Last season’s game was an instant classic, with Bryce Young leading the charge then. 1 Alabama for a 20-19 win over Texas. The Longhorns’ quarterback Quinn Ewers went down with a shoulder injury in the first half of the game, but the Texans’ defense was able to slow the Crimson Tide down for much of the game until they drove down the field and scored the game-winning field goal. With 10 seconds remaining.

There will be some other notable differences in this year’s matchup between the two college football powers. First, the weather is expected to be a bit cooler than last year’s game, which was in the mid-90s being played in the late morning and early afternoon in Texas. Saturday’s game will be played at night, with early weather reports indicating the temperature will drop from the mid-80s to the 70s during the game.

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Of course, the big difference is that Alabama won’t have Young at quarterback for a game this season. The Crimson Tide replaced Young, who threw for 213 yards and a 38-yard touchdown in a game last year, with Jalen Melroe in Week 1. The redshirt sophomore completed 13 of 18 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns to go with 48 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in Alabama’s Week 1 win over Middle Tennessee.

Ewers completed 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards as he led Texas to 2 scores on his only two carries in a game last year.

Alabama is currently listed as 7.5 points favourite Heading into Saturday’s showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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