Missed this while I was in the Northwest: Arizona State has signed a home-and-home game contract with the University of Texas.
At San Antonio.
The games will be played on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the Alamodome in San Antonio and on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
In the Sun Devils' defense, they've scheduled a patsy in addition to nonconference games with LSU (2016) and Colorado (2018). And San Antonio is a cool town to visit.
UTSA and new head coach Larry Coker signed the program's first ever recruiting class in February. It will play two years as an FCS Independent, beginning in 2011. It then will notify the NCAA in June 2013 of its intent to advance to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2015. The Roadrunners will comply with FBS standards during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, then will seek full FBS membership and bowl eligibility in 2015.
So the Sun Devils will get full credit toward their bowl eligibility for stomping the Roadrunners.
“This is a series that fits several criteria that we have in football scheduling,” athletic director Lisa Love said in a statement. “It is important for us to schedule home-home series with schools that are located in the Western portion of the country. And what a fantastic travel destination the city of San Antonio is for our fan base with the River Walk and the Alamodome. The series fits well with the other nonconference games that we have in those years. The University of Texas at San Antonio is a very nice addition to our future schedules, which already include Notre Dame, LSU, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri and Illinois.”