North Carolina State and Old Dominion have agreed to a home-and-home for 2014-15, likely making the Wolfpack the first BCS conference opponent to visit Foreman Field.
"This is the first of what I believe will be many BCS schools that will agree to play Old Dominion home-and-home," Monarchs coach Bobby Wilder told The Virginian-Pilot. "People on a national stage realize how good the high school football is here in Hampton Roads.
"They want to come into this market. That's why I believe more BCS schools will want to come play Old Dominion."
ODU's football program was just founded in 2009, but the Monarchs have already accepted an invitation to join Conference USA in 2014. No longer a member of the CAA, the Monarchs will compete as a FCS independent next season.
"This validates our decision to elevate our football program to the FBS level," ODU athletic director Wood Selig said. "It shows we can have success in attracting quality non-conference opponents for home-and-home scheduling."
ODU's schedule in 2013 is loaded with road trips to face regional foes from the FBS level. East Carolina, Maryland, Pittsburgh and North Carolina will each receive a visit from the Monarchs this fall as Wilder prepares the program for the jump to college football's elite division. But as it stands, NC State's scheduled visit in 2015 will be the first time that a BCS conference foe will make it to Norfolk.
The school is reportedly studying the possibility of expanding 20,088-seat Foreman Field, but the Virginian-Pilot's Harry Minium writes that any expansion "is unlikely to be finished by 2015."
Virginia Tech previously agreed to a 2-for-1 contract with ODU. The deal calls for games in Blacksburg in 2016 and 2019 with a meeting in Norfolk in 2018.
As far as the ODU-NC State agreement, a school spokesperson said no specific dates have been set for the 2014 meeting in Raleigh or the 2015 meeting in Norfolk. The Wolfpack make a nice addition to ODU's first FBS schedule, which also includes Charlotte, Hampton and eight Conference USA opponents in league play.