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A&M schedules future home-and-home with UCLA

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This kind of development is what most people, including fans, were hoping for when the College Football Playoff — and its reliance at least in part on strength of schedule — was unveiled.

In the latest sign that FBS football programs are looking to beef-up its future non-conference slates, Texas A&M and UCLA announced early Thursday afternoon that they have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Aggies will host the Bruins at Kyle Field Sept. 3, 2016, with A&M making its first trek to the West Coast for a regular season game in two decades the following year on Sept. 2.

The 2016 game will mark the first-ever game in College Station for the Bruins.

The two rising programs have met four times previously, the last coming in the 1998 Cotton Bowl.  A&M won the first two games of the “series” (1940, 1951) while UCLA has taken the last two, the first of which came in 1955 at the expense of second-year Aggie head coach Bear Bryant.

“We are very pleased this series was able to come together and provides our program with an exciting, premier non-conference matchup against UCLA,”A&M athletic director Eric Hyman stated.  “UCLA brings one of the top programs from the West Coast to the redeveloped Kyle Field in Aggieland, and for our Aggie team and the 12thMan to have the chance to play in the Rose Bowl is a historic opportunity.”

The series with UCLA continues a Pac-12 trend for the Aggies.  A&M will face Arizona State in Houston, Tex., next season, while they have a home-and-home scheduled with Oregon for 2018 and 2019.

Likewise, UCLA has beefed up its future slates with series scheduled against Oklahoma (2018 and 2019) and Michigan (2022 and 2023) on the horizon.  UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero gave a nod in the general direction of the new system that will determine a national champion in football as an impetus behind the scheduling trend.

“Facing tough non-conference competition is a necessity with the new playoff system beginning this year,” Guerrero said.

Interestingly, A&M last May scrubbed a future series with UCLA’s cross-town rival USC, citing SEC scheduling concerns.

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11 Responses to “A&M schedules future home-and-home with UCLA”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2014 1:24 PM

    A&M will face Arizona State in Arlington, Tex.,
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    JT… that game is actually in Houston.

    PAC 12 is arguably the 2nd best conference in CFB right now and the Aggies are taking on some of their best over the next 6 years.

  2. John Taylor says: Mar 13, 2014 1:28 PM

    Whoops. Got it and gracias.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2014 1:38 PM

    I know Arlington has become a CFB mecca but Houston is trying to get in the mix with a kickoff game of their own.
    SEC v Big 12 last year, and SEC v B1G in 2014, and SEC v PAC 12 in 2015

    Some really good matchups too
    LSU v Wisc
    A&M v Az St.

    Houston is hoping to get in the mix eventually for a CFB playoff game.

  4. lastdukestreetking says: Mar 13, 2014 1:40 PM

    The 1998 Cotton Bowl was a doubleheader??? ;)

  5. John Taylor says: Mar 13, 2014 1:43 PM

    I shall blame it all on the lingering fog of vacation.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 13, 2014 1:52 PM

    I’m tired of giving up home games. Rebuild Kyle Field to the tune of half a billion $, and then play Arkansas in Jerry World, and Arizona State in Houston.

    This is not my idea of being a season ticket holder when these games do not apply to my purchase.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    Oh that ’98 Cotton Bowl sucked…

    Dat Nguyen (pictured) intercepts McCown on the Aggies 10 and then laterals to the safety who runs it in for a 90 yd pick 6.

    Then Dante Hall scored a long TD. Aggies were up big and let it all slip away at the end….

    Wanted that one bad…. especially after Nebraska spanked us in the Big 12 title game…

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 13, 2014 1:59 PM

    The ASU game in Houston I believe is due to the fact that Kyle wont be ready… I believe the Aggies start the first 4 games away from Kyle in 2015….

    Official schedule not out yet but that’s just what I’m hearing.

  9. drummerhoff says: Mar 13, 2014 5:19 PM

    it would be so cool if this game was in …. Mexico City?

  10. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 13, 2014 8:13 PM

    LOL @drummerhoff

    8to80, I guess that makes sense. I really hate that the Arky game is going back to Jerry World. We’re gonna have a 102,000 seat stadium, yet won’t maximize use of it. SMH.

    And yes, I hate Jerruh Jones, the last thing I want to do is give him money.

  11. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 14, 2014 12:32 PM

    This is and Adidas deal.

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