Arizona OOC schedule lacks a P5 program for the next three seasons,and same last season (unless you consider BYU). Is this weak scheduling done on purpose to give RichRod extra time to build his program? Or is Arizona just having difficult bringing in P5 programs to Tucson? Or just a bad job by a previous Arizona AD? I see in future years the Wildcats have home-and-homes scheduled with Texas Tech, Miss St, Kansas St and Nebraska,
Home-and-homes with Houston and UTEP, and also Texas Tech in 2019-20. They need games in Texas for recruiting
So the game at VPI will be on a Friday? That is what day August 30th falls on in 2030.
Arizona OOC schedules:
2013 @UNLV / UTSA / No Arizona
2014 Nevada / UNLV / @UTSA
2015 @Nevada / UTSA / No Arizona
2016 @BYU (Glendale) / Hawaii / Grambling St
2017 Houston / @UTEP / TBA
2018 @Houston / BYU / UTEP
Recruiting aside, Arizona’s SOS is getting hurt by not scheduling a P5 program. But lucky for Arizona, Houston has became relevant once again. But will they be in 2017-18? Or maybe Arizona just doesn’t think they’ll ever be in position for the CFP and so SOS doesn’t matter?
And if B12 expands and takes Houston and BYU (which I’m betting on) Arizona’s future OOC schedule could be in for big changes. But expansion probably won;t happen until 2019 season, at its earliest.
Is an Alabama-Arizona at Arlington game still in the cards for 2020?
Again Arizona needs a P5 OOC opponent in 2017. So how about a Arizona-TCU neutral site game in Houston or at Arlington in 2017?
Or is UA going to settle for a FCS opponent and go without a P5 opponent in 2017 just like Miss St, WSU, Utah, Colorado, and Kansas?
Illinois is not playing a P5 OOC opponent 2017-20 and same with Wisconsin in 2017-19.
Conference bottomfeeders schedule like bottomfeeders. But does Wisconsin really want to become irrelevant again?
Nebraska has also wrapped up a second future series with Oklahoma…
Most of those meetings came between 1932 and 1956 when both schools (then known as Arizona State Teachers College-Tempe and Texas Technological College) were members of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
That’s some information right there.
Thanks Bill (the one that’s commenting for years; not the newbie), but the college you refer to is now known as Arizona State. University of Arizona has always been known by its current name. However, you are correct in stating that both were members of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association and that most (56.25% to be exact) of those games between the two came during that time.
On a completed unrelated note, is there a reason you attach ” (the one that’s commenting for years; not the newbie)” to your name when commenting. I rarely see any other Bill commenting, and wouldn’t an initial suffice better? Just saying…
“Texas Tech is only the second Power Five opponent on Arizona’s future schedules. The Wildcats are also set to face Mississippi State in 2022 and 2023.”
BYU is a Power Five opponent,* and they are also on Arizona’s future schedules.
*Sources: the ACC and SEC
They are considered Power Five by those conferences for scheduling purposes only. They aren’t a member of a Power Five conference, which is what I was looking in in terms of future opponents.
Washington has only 2 power 5 teams OOC teams on their future schedule, Michigan in 2020/2021 and a very bland 2 games with an unattractive Rutgers in 2016/2017. I’d tae Arizona’s OOC schedules any day as they are not filled with 8 Big Sky games over the next 7 years like former power Washington has scheduled. These are not your Don James schedules or teams.
Kevin, I agree with Hank. I get what you are saying, but the way it’s worded in the article may be misleading or ambiguous. Perhaps you should reword to: “Texas Tech is only the second OPPONENT FROM A Power Five CONFERENCE on Arizona’s future schedules. The Wildcats are also set to face Mississippi State in 2022 and 2023.”
Art Briles looks at a series like this and feels compelled to schedule another game with Incarnate Word.
Maybe Art will look overseas and schedule Incarnate World. Baylor is the joke of the country now in scheduling.
This post was from a week ago. How did the post date get changed to 03/31?
It was updated with info from the school’s release.
Disappointing to see the 2020 home game change to a neutral game in 2021 in Las Vegas with no explanation. Instead of N/H/H the series is now N/Away/N/Home/Away. Where in Vegas are they playing? And what caused the change in the series?
BYU scheduled the Provo game of the Michigan St. series for the same September 12, 2020 date as the Cougars had originally contracted with Arizona. IMO, the Glendale and Las Vegas games will be true neutral-site games. If anything, they favor BYU.
I’m thinking that the Las Vegas neutral-site game will be played at Sam Boyd or the yet-to-be built MLS stadium in Las Vegas.
Rather than focusing on and complaining about perceived injustice of the single Arizona series, I like to look at the resulting schedules:
Home: UCLA, Utah St., UMass, Southern Miss;
Neutral: Arizona, West Virginia
Road: Utah, Michigan St., Boise St., Cincinnati
Home: Michigan St., Missouri
Road: ASU, Boise St., N. Illinois, Stanford
Home: ASU, Boise St.
Road: USF, USC
Other games in Provo over the next several seasons: Utah, USC, Wisconsin, Washington, Stanford, California, etc.
That’s 100 times better than anything BYU was ever able to put together per-Independence.
Byu’s scheduling is terrible.
Would have loved to see AZ in Provo before the second H/H series. Unfortunately, Mich St took the date. Scheduling as an independent is pretty grueling. Holmoe is doing a good job getting good games.
BYU’s schedules as we get to the end of this decade and into the next are creeping toward a majority P5 opponents, or at least 50-50. It will be interesting to see if their status gets reconsidered early in the next decade.
2018 looks legit. Three straight PAC 12 squads in addition to a neutral with WVU and road games with Michigan State and Boise to follow that up in the first seven weeks of the season….Sure beats a “neutral site”game three hours away against a team twelve hours away and then Coastal Africa and Central Wipe-My Ass For Me State………If they win out. They belong in the playoff.
They will be lucky to win 2 of those 5 games.
Being an Indy they have to get those P5 games early as they are harder to schedule later during the conference season, which really puts them at a disadvantage as they can never ease into a season. They just don’t carry the same clout as ND. Wonder when/if they will suspend their rule of not playing on Sundays so could get a BigXII invite.
Will never happen for Sunday sports…the Church just won’t ever allow that.