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Aggies to play UCLA in home-and-home series

Texas A&M and UCLA have agreed to play in 2016 and 2017.

Now that's how you schedule non-conference games.
Now that's how you schedule non-conference games.
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Aggie Athletics announced today that we'll be taking on the Bruins in a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017. From the official release:

The UCLA Bruins will make their first-ever appearance at Kyle Field on Sept. 3, 2016, and the Aggies will make the return trip to Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2017. It will be a rare road trip to California for the Aggies, who haven’t played a regular season game on the West Coast in more than 20 years since knocking off coach Bill Walsh’s Stanford Cardinal squad in the 1992 season opener in Anaheim, Calif. Texas A&M previously announced its 2015 football season opener against Pac-12 member Arizona State on Sept. 5, 2015 at Reliant Stadium in Houston in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

We'd better enjoy those cupcakes this year, because scheduling has definitely gotten better heading into 2015. The best part about this series is that it's NOT A NEUTRAL SITE GAME, which means we'll be playing in one of the most picturesque settings in all of college football, The Rose Bowl.

A&M and UCLA have played four times previously, with the series tied at two wins apiece for each team. The last meeting was in the 1998 Cotton Bowl, where Cade McNown led the Bruins to a come-from-behind victory despite a record 20 tackles from Dat Nguyen and one of my favorite Aggie Football highlights ever: