People have been hoping for better non-conference opponents for the Arizona Wildcats. Well, they’re going to get their wish, a decade and a half from now.
On Wednesday, Arizona and Virginia Tech announced a home-and-home football series that will take place in the years 2029 and 2030.
"Even though this series is 13 years away, we felt it was a unique opportunity to schedule a Pac-12 team home and home," Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said in the statement. "Strength of schedule and securing high-quality, Power 5 opponents will continue to be paramount in the College Football Playoff era. Arizona AD Greg Byrne and I have a good relationship and we started this discussion back in the offseason.
"This series should provide a nice travel destination for our fans and alumni who can make it to Tucson and provide a wonderful experience for our student-athletes who haven’t seen that part of the country. We will continue to work on and tweak our non-conference schedule for the near term and the long term in a manner that is in the best interest of Virginia Tech. We are excited to announce this series with a high-quality opponent."
These are the first non-conference games that Arizona has set for these two particular years, but they are not the furthest off in the future. The Wildcats have set a date with Nebraska in 2031 in Tucson.
Arizona will host the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 8th, 2029, then will make the return trip to Blacksburg on August 30th, 2030. As it stands right now, UA is 5-0 against teams that were in the ACC at the time of the game.
Here’s a look at Arizona’s future non-conference games courtesy of FBSchedules
If you count BYU as a Power Five school, Arizona has at least one P5 school on the schedule from 2019-2031 now. And Houston in the next two years is no slouch either, and may also be a Power Five school if they do indeed join the Big 12.