Texas A&M and Clemson have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019, that will effectively replace the matchup with Oregon. The Tigers will travel to Kyle Field in 2018, and the Aggies will return trip to Death Valley in 2019. In a statement from Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman,
We are excited to play the Clemson Tigers, who have been on Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule previously. 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.
Ever since the SEC finalized the cross opponent rotation, the Aggies have tried to switch years with Oregon. A&M was set to play in Eugene in 2018 with Oregon coming to College Station in 2019. This would have given the Aggies only 6 home games in 2018 and 8 home games in 2019. Oregon was in the same situation with their 5-4 PAC-12 conference schedule. With neither school wanting to have only 6 home games in 2018, Texas A&M exercised a clause from the series’ 2009 contract that said the Aggies could get out of the deal if they changed conferences. Hyman elaborated on this predicament,
Playing at Oregon in 2018, combined with the Arkansas game in Arlington would leave us with only six home games that season. Our goal is to play seven home games at Kyle Field each year.
The Aggies are 3-1 all-time against the Tigers. Their most recent matchup was in 2005 with Clemson winning 25-24.