UCLA adds football series with Texas A&M, San Diego State

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero announced that the football team has added a home-and-home series with both Texas A&M and San Diego State to its future schedules as it shifted the years of a previously-scheduled series with Rutgers.

Guerrero said the series with SEC power Texas A&M will begin in 2016 with a Sept. 3 matchup in College Station, Texas, UCLA’s first-ever visit to Kyle Field. The Aggies will visit the Rose Bowl on Sept. 2 to open the 2017 season.

UCLA’s series with Big Ten opponent Rutgers, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017, will now be played on Sept. 5, 2020 at the Rose Bowl and Sept. 11, 2021 in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Bruins and Scarlet Knights have never faced each other.

UCLA will host Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State at the Rose Bowl on August 31, 2019 and will travel to San Diego to face the Aztecs on Sept. 19, 2020.

Within the last six months, UCLA has also announced a home-and-home series with Oklahoma in 2018 and 2019 and with Michigan in 2022 and 2023.

“Facing tough non-conference competition is a necessity with the new playoff system beginning this year,” said Guerrero. “We are excited to add home-and-home series with both Texas A&M and San Diego State to a future schedule that already includes a traditional Big Ten/Pac-12 series with Rutgers.”

UCLA and Texas A&M have met four previous times, with each team winning twice. The Bruins won the most recent matchup in the 1998 Cotton Bowl, 29-23, coming back from a 16-0 deficit to defeat the Aggies behind the play of quarterback Cade McNown.

The other three matchups between the two teams have all taken place in California. UCLA won the most recent one, 21-0, at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1955, and Texas A&M won the first two in the series, 7-0 in 1940 and 21-14 in 1951.

UCLA holds a 21-0-1 overall record against San Diego State, with 19 consecutive victories. The teams last played in 2009, with UCLA winning at the Rose Bowl, 33-14.

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