Well, that didn’t take long.
Just a few hours after extricating themselves from their home-and-home series with Oregon, Texas A&M has found a new dance partner for 2018 and 2019: the Clemson Tigers.
Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich expressed his excitement in a release from the school earlier Thursday evening. “We are looking forward to playing Texas A&M as the two schools share a rich military heritage, and of course, passionate fan bases,” said Radakovich. “We know our fans make Clemson a great game day experience and the Aggie fans make Kyle field also one of the great venues in all of college football.”
Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman was also happy with the arrangement. “We are excited to play the Clemson Tigers, who have been on Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule previously,” said Hyman. “As a fellow land-grant institution, Clemson is very similar to Texas A&M with a great football tradition and passionate fans. This will be a great non-conference series for both schools.”
Hyman also addressed the earlier cancellation with Oregon in a release from the school. “Our goal is to play seven home games at Kyle Field each season. Playing at Oregon in 2018, combined with the Arkansas game in Arlington, would leave us with only six home games that season. In even numbered years such as 2018, we only have three SEC home dates as long as we continue to play Arkansas in Arlington.”
Texas A&M owns victories in three of the four games played between the schools, having beaten the Tigers in 1973, 1974 and 2004. Clemson’s lone victory came in a 25-24 decision over the Aggies on September 3, 2005.
Clemson will travel to College Station on September 8, 2018. The Aggies will return the trip to southwestern South Carolina on September 7, 2019.