ESPN president John Skipper said the network is talking to the Pac-12 and Big 12 about playing a game in Mexico City. This will revive January’s rumors that USC and Texas would be the teams selected to play in the game.
USC hosts the Longhorns in 2017 and I do not think there is any desire to give up a home game. But Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is looking for more neutral-site games, so the 2018 contest makes perfect sense for ESPN.
I’ve got mixed feelings becauser Austin is a great college football venue and would be a thrill for many USC fans. On the other hand, a game outside the country would be pretty special too. I can speak first-hand on that after attending the USC-Oregon game in Tokyo in 1985.