The University of North Carolina and Old Dominion University have agreed to a home-and-home series featuring their respective football teams that will begin in 2017. Harry Minium of The Virginian Pilot reported the story.
Per the agreement, the Tar Heels will play the Monarchs in Norfolk on September 16, 2017, with the two teams meeting in Chapel Hill three years later on September 26, 2020.
This thus completes UNC’s non-conference schedule for 2017, as the team will also play against Eastern Michigan, California and Notre Dame that year. It also helps Old Dominion as the young Conference USA team looks to build clout in FBS, having only moved up from FCS in 2013, as the Monarchs have started scheduling more and more games against ACC opponents given the university’s location.
Old Dominion is scheduled to play N.C. State this season, UNC in 2017 and 2020 after this agreement, Wake Forest in 2020, and the football team will also have three games against Virginia Tech that respectively take place in 2018, 2022 and 2024. Hopefully, the game against UNC this year will be better than the initial meeting between the two schools back in 2013, when the Tar Heels destroyed the Monarchs 80-20.
Either way, it’s an interesting home-and-home to schedule as it gives UNC a potential new out-of-conference rival, and also continues to help ODU adjust to competition on the FBS level.
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