10 Future Non-Conference Match-Ups to Get Excited About

By Amy Daughters -

With blockbuster clashes featuring OklahomaOhio State and AlabamaUSC slated for this season, college football’s schedulers are a long way from done working their magic.

Here’s a look at ten future match-ups worth putting on your calendar.


Florida StateAlabama

When: Sept. 2
Where: Atlanta, Ga.

Alabama has a 2-1-1 all-time advantage vs. Florida State. The two first met in 1965 and last clashed in 2007, a game the Seminoles won 21-14 in Jacksonville.



When: Sept. 22
Where: Norman, Okla.

Army and Oklahoma have only played on three occasions, most recently in 1961 when the Sooners edged the Black Knights 14-8 in the Bronx. Their first meeting, and Army’s only win, came on Sept. 28 1946, a game the Knights won 21-7 at West Point. Oklahoma finished that season 8-3, ranked No. 14 in the final AP poll while Army went 9-0-1 and captured the last of its five national titles.

2018 & 2019

TCUOhio State

When: Sept. 15, 2018 & Sept. 21, 2019
Where: 2018-Ft. Worth, Texas & 2019-Columbus, Ohio.

TCU and Ohio State haven’t squared off since 1973 when the Buckeyes triumphed 37-3 in their Horseshoe. Ohio State owns the all-time series advantage 4-1-1, the Horned Frogs’ only win coming via an 18-14 decision in 1957. The two have never met outside of Columbus, Ohio.



When: Aug. 31
Where: Arlington, Texas

A rematch of the 2011 BCS Championship game in Glendale, Ariz. when Auburn edged Oregon 22-19. This was also the only time the Tigers and Ducks have ever met on a football field.

2019 & 2020

Boise StateFlorida State

When: Sept. 7, 2019 & Sept. 12, 2020
Where: 2019-Tallahasse, Fla. & 2020-Boise, Idaho

In what’s a bold scheduling move for both programs, Boise State and Florida State have never met on the gridiron. This series is a glimpse into what the CFB Playoff would look like with eight teams.


When: Sept. 7, 2019 & Sept. 12, 2020
Where: 2019-Austin, Texas & 2020-Baton Rouge, La.

The first regular-season meeting since 1954, Texas and LSU most recently played in the 1963 and 2003 Cotton Bowls. The Longhorns hold the all-time advantage 8-6-1 and have won six of the last eight.


BaylorOle Miss

When: Sept. 5
Where: Houston, Texas

These two up-and-comers have only met once previously, in 1975 when Baylor traveled to Oxford and knocked off the Rebels 20-10 in the season opener. The Bears went on to a 3-6-2 record that year while Ole Miss went 6-5.

2020 & 2021

Michigan StateMiami (Fla.)

When: Sept. 26, 2020 & Sept. 18, 2021
Where: 2020-East Lansing, Mich. & 2021-Miami Gardens, Fla.

Michigan State and Miami first met in 1945 and have played only four times. The most recent clash came in 1989, a 26-20 Miami win in East Lansing. The Spartans have never beaten the Hurricanes in football.

2021 & 2022


When: Sept. 18, 2021 & Sept. 17, 2022
Where: 2021-Norman, Okla. & 2022-Lincoln, Neb.

After what will be an 11-year hiatus, these two long-time rivals renew their vows of detestation in 2021. This series dates all the way back to 1912, the two have met 86 times and Oklahoma owns a 45-38-3 advantage. The Sooners and Huskers last clashed in the 2010 Big 12 title game, a 23-20 win for Oklahoma.

2022 & 2023


When: Sept. 10, 2022 & Sept. 2, 2023
Where: 2022-Ann Arbor, Mich. & 2023-Los Angeles, Calif.

Two legitimate CFB Playoff contenders with fiery coaches, UCLA and Michigan haven’t squared off since 2000 when the Wolverines traveled to L.A. and got zapped 23-20. Michigan holds the all-time series lead 8-3 which includes two bowl match-ups; the 1983 Rose (UCLA won 24-14) and the 1981 Bluebonnet (Michigan won 33-14).

Historical data courtesy of College Football Data Warehouse.

  1. Day
    April 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Not sure how Army vs Oklahoma got in here, all the others are spot on.

  2. Mike N
    April 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Gators-Miami in 2019 – Orlando!

  3. Mark Yost
    April 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    The NU v OU series is not based on detestation. It’s one of mutual respect and shared tradition.

  4. UGA '18
    April 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    How is UGA-Notre Dame not on this list but Army-Oklahoma is? Can’t wait to go to South Bend my senior year.

    • UGA '18
      April 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Having Army-OU up there is like having UGA-Yale up there if they played because the last time those two faced off, it was historical/both teams didn’t suck, despite it being many years ago in a whole different era of football.

    • Kevin Kelley
      April 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      It’s not a Top 10 list.

  5. hooterville2
    April 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Uhhh…..no Georgia vs Notre Dame, but Army vs Oklahoma makes the list? That is comical.

  6. DAve
    April 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I would argue that Washington vs. Michigan in 2020-2021 should be added. 6 years of preparation for Chris Petersen @’Washington vs. Jimm Harbaugh should be a top ten matchup.

  7. Hillbilly gettin Silly
    April 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Even WVU – Tennessee in 2018 is more interesting than OU – Army.

  8. Brad Arvin
    April 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    What about Marshall vs. Boise St. in 2019 & 2020 ? Gonna be a hell of a match up both years.

  9. Scott Moore
    April 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

    How about OU vs Ohio State 2016/2017?

  10. Doug Parton
    April 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    UCLA & Michigan – “Two legitimate CFB Playoff contenders”……I almost sharted at that one.

  11. schoup
    April 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Army vs OU is nothing to look forward too…Army is cannon fodder for OU

  12. KTrip
    April 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    How about Miami-LSU in 2018

  13. Dean
    April 28, 2016 at 6:56 am

    How about the Arkansas-Michigan home-and-home in 2018-2019?
    Bielema returns to Big Ten country early in Sept. 2018. Looking forward to my first trip to the Big House! Whooooo-Pig—-Sooooie!

  14. C
    April 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

    No Baylor vs Utah and Baylor vs BYU

  15. KH
    April 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Should replace OU-Army with OU-Ohio State (2016-2017) or OU-LSU

  16. Rick
    April 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    How about eastern Michigan vs army in the boob bowl

  17. Marlin Dartmann
    April 30, 2016 at 11:58 am

    what about Nebraska-Oregon in 2016 and 2017?

  18. Ben
    May 27, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Michigan has nonconference series with oklahoma, texas, viriginia tech, arkansas and washington as well as a season opener in 2017 against Florida in JerryWorld at Arlington. Going to be so much fun watching Michigan football

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