UCLA will make its first visit to Texas A&M's Kyle Field on Sept. 3, 2016, and the Aggies will return the favor with a visit to the Rose Bowl on Sept. 2, 2017, giving the nation a marquee Pac-12-SEC showdown many fans want to see.
The Bruins also announced a home-and-home series with San Diego State and a shifting of a scheduled series with new Big Ten member Rutgers.
UCLA will now play Rutgers in 2020 and 2021, the first game in the Rose Bowl, the second in Piscataway, N.J. The Bruins will host Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 31, 2019 and will travel to San Diego to face the Aztecs on Sept. 19, 2020.
Meanwhile, Rutgers has contracted a home-and-home series with Washington. The Scarlet Knights will travel to Seattle to face the Huskies on Sept. 3, 2016 to begin the season. The Huskies will travel to High Point Solutions Stadium on Sept. 2 to open the 2017 season. The two schools have never met in football.
Within the last six months, UCLA has also announced a home-and-home series with Texas A&M, Oklahoma in 2018 and 2019 and with Michigan in 2022 and 2023.
"Facing tough nonconference competition is a necessity with the new playoff system beginning this year,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. “We are excited to add home-and-home series with both Texas A&M and San Diego State to a future schedule that already includes a traditional Big Ten/Pac-12 series with Rutgers.”
UCLA and Texas A&M have met four previous times, with each team winning twice. The Bruins won the most recent matchup in the 1998 Cotton Bowl, 29-23, coming back from a 16-0 deficit to defeat the Aggies behind the play of quarterback Cade McNown. The other three matchups between the two teams have all taken place in California. UCLA won the most recent one, 21-0, at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1955, and Texas A&M won the first two in the series, 7-0 in 1940 and 21-14 in 1951.
UCLA holds a 21-0-1 overall record against San Diego State, with 19 consecutive victories. The teams last played in 2009, with UCLA winning at the Rose Bowl, 33-14.