UH signs home-and-home with Arizona

Houston and Arizona signed a home-and-home deal for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, both schools announced Tuesday.

The Cougars will travel to Tucson, Ariz., in 2017 before the Wildcats make a return trip to Houston the following year.

“We are excited to announce our agreement with Arizona. Our department is committed to scheduling quality non-conference opponents and this type of matchup is one that rewards both our team and our fans,” Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a statement. “Not only are these non-conference games exciting for our fans, but they are exciting for college football. Our plan is to continue to schedule home-and-home series with a number of high-profile teams in the future.”

The schools have played twice before, with Houston winning at Arizona, 34-17, in 1969 before the Wildcats won at home, 37-3, in 1986.

The Arizona game adds some much-needed punch to a Cougars schedule lacking in future marquee nonconference opponents. Houston does host BYU this fall and will travel to face the Cougars in 2014.