Texas State and UTSA made the jump to the FBS together but have already started to follow different paths. Fortunately, these two young FBS programs will continue to help each other out with a new eight-game scheduling agreement starting in 2017 and running through 2025.
The series will begin on September 23, 2017 at Texas State’s Bobcat Stadium and will continue on September 22, 2018 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, home to UTSA football. The series will then resume in 2020 with six games in six years alternating home fields through 2025, starting at Texas State.
“I am excited that the I-35 rivalry we started many years ago in all of our sports will have eight years on the football field,” said Texas State Athletics director Larry Teis in a released statement. “Our first game at UTSA drew nearly 40,000 fans in 2012 and both schools realize the importance and benefits of playing one another.”
Both programs made a quick jump to the WAC in 2012, but the conference soon crumbled from beneath, forcing Texas State and UTSA to seek new conference homes. UTSA was picked up by Conference USA and Texas State found a home in the Sun Belt Conference.