As Arizona State and Texas Tech prepare to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30, the schools have finalized a future home-and-home series for 2016-17.
Reports of the agreement first surfaced earlier this week, then the schools made the news official with a release on Thursday night. Texas Tech will visit Tempe on Sept. 10, 2016 and then Arizona State will travel to Lubbock on Sept. 16, 2017.
"We are excited to once again bring this level of non-conference opponent to our campus and community, following the Arkansas series," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in an official statement. "We have a tremendously supportive and passionate fan base in Lubbock and West Texas that will really enjoy this game."
Both schools play nine-game conference schedules, placing even more importance on having a strong non-conference schedule. In the case of Arizona State, the 2016 schedule now has a major conference opponent to join Northern Arizona and UTSA on the non-conference slate.
"This is a series that addresses several criteria that we have in football scheduling," Arizona State interim athletic director Dr. James Rund said. "It is important for us to schedule home/home series with schools that are located in the Western portion of the United States. The state of Texas destination offers our fan base with an easy trip to make to watch their beloved Sun Devils play. Texas Tech is a first-class institution representing the powerhouse Big 12 Conference. And our football staff, led by Head Coach Todd Graham, recruits heavily in the state of Texas."
Arizona State and Texas Tech have met just once -- a 31-13 Sun Devils victory in 1999 -- prior to Monday night's Holiday Bowl. For more on that game, including matchup previews and expert picks, check out the Holiday Bowl preview page.