NC State, Troy agree to home-and-home for 2015, 2017

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

NC State will play Troy to open the 2015 season.  (USATSI)
NC State will play Troy to open the 2015 season. (USATSI)

Troy will visit NC State to open the 2015 season as part of a new home-and-home agreement announced by the schools on Monday.

The two teams will play in Raleigh on Sept. 5, 2015 and then the Wolfpack will make the return visit on Sept. 23, 2017.

"Anytime we can get an AQ opponent to come to Troy, and to do so in a home-and-home series, it's a tremendous get for us," athletic director John Hartwell said. "It will be an opportunity to showcase not just our football program, but also our facilities, our University and the city of Troy. We're not scheduling to just say that we played them; it's one that we think we have a legitimate shot of not only competing, but also winning one or both of those games."

The addition of Troy to NC State's 2017 schedule comes just after LSU reportedly canceled its future home-and-home series (set for 2017 and 2020) with the Wolfpack. Joe Giglio, of the News & Observer, discussed the strength of NC State's future non-conference schedules and why some fans are disappointed with the lack of high-profile games.

Yow, who inherited the South Florida and Presbyterian games on the 2014 schedule and the trip to South Alabama in 2015 from former AD Lee Fowler, said she realizes there are valid complaints about the quality of the schedule.

This year's home slate in particular, with Georgia Southern and ODU both making the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision, and no date with North Carolina or Duke is unappealing.

“And I understand the complaints, in partial context,” Yow said, “but we have to give ourselves a chance to be competitive.”

The 2014 ACC schedule will be particularly challenging for Dave Doeren's squad, with a home game against Florida State and road trips to Clemson and Louisville falling in a four week span with no byes.

 
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