Oct 19, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils running back Marion Grice (1) during the game against the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech and Arizona State confirm home-and-home series for 2016-17

The reports from earlier in the week have been confirmed: The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Arizona State Sun Devils will play a home-and-home series starting in 2016.

The first game will be played in Tempe on Sept. 10, 2016. The Sun Devils will then travel to Lubbock on Sept. 16 of the following year.

Do you want official statements from the respective athletic directors? Of course you do!

Here’s Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt:

We are excited to once again bring this level of non-conference opponent to our campus and community, following the Arkansas series. We have a tremendously supportive and passionate fan base in Lubbock and West Texas that will really enjoy this game (CBS Sports).

And here’s Arizona State interim athletic director Dr. James Rund:

It is important for us to schedule home/home series with schools that are located in the Western portion of the United States. The state of Texas destination offers our fan base with an easy trip to make to watch their beloved Sun Devils play. Texas Tech is a first-class institution representing the powerhouse Big 12 Conference. And our football staff, led by Head Coach Todd Graham, recruits heavily in the state of Texas.

The two teams will meet in the Holiday Bowl on Monday night.

[Source: CBS Sports]

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