And the early Christmas scheduling gifts for college football fans continue rolling in this afternoon.
Earlier today, Ben noted that an agreement in principle had been reached to renew the storied Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry next decade. Around that same time, a series featuring schools from the Big Ten and SEC will kick off as well.
In a press release, Arkansas announced that it had reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series with Michigan. The Wolverines subsequently confirmed the news in their own release.
The Razorbacks will travel to Ann Arbor in 2018, while the Wolverines will make the trek to Fayetteville the following season.
“We are pleased to be able to add the University of Michigan to our football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons,” UA athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “The home and home series will feature matchups between two tradition rich programs representing two outstanding conferences. As a program, we will continue to look for opportunities to schedule high-profile non-conference opponents to further enhance our national profile and complement our competitive Southeastern Conference schedule.”
The 2018 game will mark just the second time the two schools have squared off in football. Following the 1998 regular season, Michigan dropped Arkansas 45-31 in the Citrus Bowl, now known as the Capital One Bowl.
In addition to the series with UA, UM announced the completion of its 2015 and 2016 schedules. The Wolverines added a one-off game against BYU in the former year, and single games against Hawaii, Miami (Ohio) and Ball State the latter.