The Arizona Wildcats and Mississippi State Bulldogs have agreed to a home-and-home football series in the years 2022 and 2023.
MSU is of course the school Greg Byrne was the A.D. at before he made his way to Tucson in 2010. The schools are also in the midst of a home-and-home baseball series. The Bulldogs came to Hi Corbett this year, and the Wildcats return the favor by travelling to Dudy Noble Field next year.
Arizona has not played an SEC team since 2006. That game was a 45-3 beatdown by the Tigers in Baton Rouge. LSU was ranked 8th in the country at the time.
Arizona is 1-5-1 all-time vs. the SEC. 1-2 vs. Auburn; 0-0-1 vs. Georgia; 0-3 vs. LSU. Last played SEC in 2006 vs. LSU, 45-3 loss.— Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) June 5, 2014
In a statement, Byrne said "We’re excited to announce this competitive series for our future football schedules. The opportunity to play an SEC opponent will be a great addition to our schedule for our program and our fans.”
The MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin is apparently excited about seeing a new part of the country:
“We’re very excited to announce this series with a Pac-12 program the caliber of Arizona. It will bolster our non-conference schedule. We haven’t played in that part of the country since 2002, so it gives our fans a chance to see another part of the country while supporting the Bulldogs.”
And then of course, RichRod weighed in with a little bit of humor and realism about this
RichRod on new series with Mississippi State (2022, 2023): "It's a really good program. I hope we're all still here."— Anthony Gimino (@AGWildcatReport) June 5, 2014
For info on all of Arizona's future schedules, and really any football schedule in college and the NFL, check out FBSchedules.