Don’t worry, you have time to make travel plans for this one. A lot of time.
Virginia Tech announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series with Arizona. The Wildcats will host the first game Sept. 8, 2029, in Tucson, with the Hokies returning the favor in Blacksburg Aug. 30, 2030.
In other words, the incoming freshmen in the recruiting class the year of the first game will, most likely, be entering kindergarten this 2016.
“Even though this series is 13 years away, we felt it was a unique opportunity to schedule a Pac-12 team home and home,” Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. “Strength of schedule and securing high-quality, Power 5 opponents will continue to be paramount in the College Football Playoff era. Arizona AD Greg Byrne and I have a good relationship and we started this discussion back in the offseason.
“This series should provide a nice travel destination for our fans and alumni who can make it to Tucson and provide a wonderful experience for our student-athletes who haven’t seen that part of the country. We will continue to work on and tweak our non-conference schedule for the near term and the long term in a manner that is in the best interest of Virginia Tech. We are excited to announce this series with a high-quality opponent.”
The two football programs have never met before. The last time Tech played a Pac-12 school in the regular season was 2004 against USC.