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Purdue announces home-and-home series with TCU, with games 10 years apart

Purdue and TCU announced a pair of future meetings Thursday. But whether anyone remembers the first game by the time the second rolls around is a legitimate concern.

The future home-and-home series features two games an entire decade apart, with the Boilermakers and Horned Frogs playing in West Lafayette on Sept. 14, 2019, then not meeting again until Sept. 8, 2029, in Fort Worth.

Many of the players who play in the first meeting will be in their 30s by the time the second game is kicked off.

It's just the latest bit of ridiculousness involved in these future schedules. Games scheduled decades down the road are no rarity, but to see a series announced with games so far apart is something else — except Purdue's done it already. Future games against Vanderbilt will also be played in 2019 and 2029.

Anyway, when these two teams clash in 2019, it will be the third all-time meeting between the two programs. The Boilers and Frogs played in both 1969 and 1970, with Purdue winning both games.

While the 10-year separation will generate a few laughs, credit new Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm for scheduling games against a high-quality opponent. The Boilers have future games lined up with the likes of Louisville, Missouri, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, in addition to these games with TCU. The entirety of that list might not send ticket sales soaring, but for a bottom-dwelling Big Ten team to be scheduling so many Power Five opponents says a lot about where Purdue wants to be.