Kansas State to play Arizona in football

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Bill Snyder Family Stadium during a game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the TCU Horned Frogs on November 16, 2013 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. Kansas State defeated TCU 33-31. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Kansas State Wildcats announced Wednesday that the Wildcats will play the Arizona Wildcats in 2024 and 2025.

The series with Arizona’s Wildcats begins with a game in Manhattan in 2024, while the series will shift to Tucson in 2025. The two teams have squared off a total of seven times with the last meeting being back in 1978, while Arizona holds a 5-1-1 edge in the series.

“We are excited to announce a home-and-home series with Arizona of the Pac-12 Conference,” Currie said. “It is important for us to continue to schedule non-conference games with opponents that make sense for K-State, and we feel playing a nationally-recognized program like Arizona is a great opportunity for our program and the entire K-State Nation.”

The agreement with Arizona continues a solid trend of marquee matchups for the Wildcats as K-State has already played recent series with Auburn (2007, 2014), UCLA (2009, 2010) and Miami (Fla.) (2011, 2012), while future series with Stanford (2016, 2021), Mississippi State (2018, 2019) and Vanderbilt (2017, 2020) have previously been announced.

The Wildcats, under hall of fame coach Bill Snyder, open the 2016 season on September 2 at Stanford on the heels of their sixth straight bowl appearance and riding a 27-game home sellout streak. The 2016 season will also mark the completion of Phase IIIB of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium master plan culminating $180 million in improvements to the stadium.