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Wake Forest and North Carolina Schedule Non-Conference Football Series

ACC rivals playing each other out of conference?

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Wake Forest announced today that the football team has scheduled two non-conference games against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The first game of the "series" will take place on September 14, 2019 at BB&T Field and the second game of the series will take place on September 25, 2021 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. This marks the first time that two Power Five opponents of the same conference have agreed to play each other in a non-conference game.

These games will allow both Wake Forest and North Carolina to meet the Power Five requirement, which means that all Power Five schools must play at least one other Power Five school in their non-conference schedule. Outside of this agreement, Wake Forest is scheduled to play a conference game at North Carolina this upcoming season, but the teams will not meet again until 2022 when Wake Forest hosts the Tar Heels. Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman stated, “Because of the ACC schedule, we do not have the opportunity to play North Carolina as regularly as we have in the past,” said Wake Forest Athletics Director Ron Wellman.  “These are two teams that played the very first college football game in this state over 125 years ago.  We felt it made perfect sense to continue this rivalry and allow fans of both schools to enjoy playing a traditional opponent.”

Wake Forest has won three of the previous four meetings between the schools. Certainly a good thing to see two teams who have played each other more than 100 times continue to play each other more than every 7 years.