According to Staking The Plains there have been rumors of Texas Tech possibly putting a Pac-12 opponent on the schedule, but who that may be was unclear. Well now that mystery is solved. Today, Brett McMurphy with ESPN revealed that the Red Raiders have finalized a home-and-home series with the Arizona Wildcats. The two will first meet in 2019 when the Raiders travel to Tucson. The Wildcats will make the trip to Lubbock the following year to complete the series.
The two schools have played 32 times in the past, and Tech dominates the series at 26-4-2. Kliff Kingsbury and crew aren’t going to want to take anything for granted though. The last time the Red Raiders and the Wildcats met was in 1989, and a lot has changed since then. Coach Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats won 10 games last season, and made it to the Pac-12 Championship game.
The series adds to an already impressive non-conference slate for the Big 12 in 2019. In another Big 12-vs-Pac-12 matchup, OU is slated to travel to Pasadena to face the UCLA Bruins. Texas and K-State will take on SEC foes LSU and Mississippi State respectively, and TCU will also get a chance at current National Champion Ohio State. Baylor is also scheduled to play a couple of toughies in Incarnate Word and UTSA. Well… tough on the ol’ wallet anyway.
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