Virginia Tech and Old Dominion have agreed to a three-game football series in which the teams will square off in 2016, ’18 and ’19, reports our ODU beat writer Harry Minium.
It’s a 2-for-1 deal. The Monarchs, who begin the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision level next year, will travel to Blacksburg for games in 2016 and ’19. The Hokies will travel to Norfolk for a game at Foreman Field in 2018.
Tech and ODU have never played. The Monarchs have only had a football team since 2009 but have had a meteoric rise, going 38-10 in four seasons and making the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs each of the last two years.
They begin the transition process to the FBS next season and join the Conference USA in 2015, before any matchups with Virginia Tech. This is the first game the Monarchs have a home game against an ACC school.
ODU’s Foreman Field currently seats 20,068, although, according to Minium, there have been expansion talks that could make it capable of seating 35,000. That’d be on par with Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium (34,941) and Wake Forest’s BB&T Field (31,500).
What’s in it for the Hokies?
“Exposure in a hotbed of high school football,” Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said.
The Hokies now have at least two non-conference games scheduled through the 2019 season, having announced in October an eight-game agreement with East Carolina that goes through 2020.
At some point, Notre Dame will join the schedule. The Fighting Irish agreed in September to play five games against ACC teams every season in football. The plans are for that to start in 2014.
Once that starts, the Fighting Irish will play every ACC team at least once every three years.
Virginia Tech’s future non-conference schedules look like this:
- 2013: vs. Alabama in Atlanta (Aug. 31), vs. Western Carolina (Sept. 7), at East Carolina (Sept. 14), vs. Marshall (Sept. 21)
- 2014: vs. William & Mary (Aug. 30), vs. East Carolina (Sept. 13), at Ohio State (Sept. 20), vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 27)
- 2015: vs. Furman (Sept. 5), at East Carolina (Sept. 12) , vs. Ohio State (Sept. 19)
- 2016: vs. Liberty (Sept. 3), vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 10), vs. East Carolina (Sept. 17), vs. Old Dominion (Sept. 24)
- 2017: at Wisconsin (Sept. 9), at East Carolina (Sept. 16)
- 2018: vs. William & Mary (Sept. 1), at Old Dominion (Sept. 8), vs. East Carolina (Sept. 15)
- 2019: vs. Charlotte (Aug. 31), vs. Old Dominion (Sept. 7), at East Carolina (Sept. 14),
- 2020: vs. Liberty (Sept. 5), vs. East Carolina (Sept. 12)
- 2021: vs. Richmond (Sept. 4)