The Memphis Tigers and Arkansas State Red Wolves have always had a nice rivalry with each other, despite never playing in the same conference. Their rivalry fell apart after the 2013 season and it looked like the two teams would never play again.
However, on Friday, Arkansas State announced they would be starting a new series with Memphis beginning in 2020. The two schools, which are just an hour apart, will begin a four-year home-and-home to run through the 2023 season.
The schools began playing each other in 1914 and were continuous rivals except for a short break in the 1960s. They last met in 2013, with the Tigers winning 31-7.
“It’s probably the most talked about and popular opponent when it comes to scheduling,” Arkansas State athletics director Terry Mohajir told Arkansas Online. “I think it’s good for their fan base; I think it’s good for our fan base. It’s a really good regional matchup.”
The Tigers have a 29-23-5 series lead and it should be a great renewal in the coming seasons.
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