For the first time in both school’s history, Texas A&M and Arizona State will battle it out on the gridiron in the near future.
Set to take place at Reliant Stadium in Houston, the matchup was confirmed Friday afternoon by CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson:
It’s official, Texas A&M-Arizona State in Houston (Reliant Stadium) on opening weekend 2015.
— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) November 22, 2013
The game will be dubbed the AdvoCare Texas Kick-off and take place on Sept. 5, 2015.
Oklahoma State topped Mississippi State, 21-3, in the first installment of the game earlier this season. Next year’s matchup—scheduled for Aug. 30, 2014—is set to feature LSU and Wisconsin.
The addition of the Aggies to the game is one Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes is proud of.
“They have an incredible tradition overall and you add to it the excitement that’s been generated by the success that Kevin Sumlin and his staff have orchestrated with the move to the SEC,” he said, via The Associated Press. “It was really a great addition.”
Who does this announcement benefit more?
There’s no doubt that the Sun Devils will certainly be a nice boost to the non-conference schedule of Texas A&M, which hasn’t really made a habit out of featuring a non-conference opponent of worth since home-and-home series with Clemson (2004-05) and Miami (2007-08)—the Aggies went 1-3 in those games.
On the other hand, Arizona State has seemed to enjoy scheduling notable non-conference opponents, playing the likes of Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Missouri and Georgia in recent years.
According to Azcentral.com’s Doug Haller, the two teams have been working on finalizing the neutral-site matchup for a couple months now.