The Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Iowa State Cyclones have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2024 and 2025.
In the first game of the series in 2024, Arkansas State will travel to face Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. The game will be the first scheduled meeting ever between the two schools on the gridiron.
Arkansas State will host the second and final game of the series at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro in 2025.
The series was first reported by Jeff Reed of AStateNation. The ASU-ISU series, along with three other future football games were later confirmed to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by Arkansas State Athletic Director Terry Mohajir.
Last week, it was revealed that Arkansas State would travel to Auburn in 2016 (Sept. 10) and would play UNLV in a home-and-home series. The Red Wolves will travel to face UNLV in 2017 and will host the Rebels in 2018.
Terry Mohajir also told the Gazette that Arkansas State will not schedule FCS teams moving forward due to strength of schedule concerns.
“It’s about the ratings at the end of the year,” Mohajir said. “The way the new selection committee is going to work, if you have an FCS win, it won’t help you. It can hurt you, especially when they’re getting down to comparing schedules. If you lose to one, it’ll kill you.”
ASU is currently slated to host Montana State in 2014, Missouri State in 2015, and Central Arkansas in 2016.
Arkansas State is the first announced non-conference opponent for Iowa State for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The Cyclones currently have their future schedules filled through the 2021 season.