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NC State, West Virginia reportedly discussing football home-and-home

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UPDATE: This series is official. Here is the release from NC State.


NC State and West Virginia reportedly are talking about a home-and-home series that would begin in Raleigh in 2018, with the Pack making the return trip the following season, according to WVU beat writer Mike Casazza. That's an encouraging development after the disappointing news Tuesday that a potential neutral-site game between NC State and Tennessee in 2017 fell through.

If this series becomes official, it'll be the second major-conference addition to the non-conference schedule finalized this summer. NC State announced a series with Mississippi State earlier this month.

In 2017, the new ACC rule goes into effect requiring everybody to have at least one power-conference opponent (or Notre Dame) each season. If the WVU series gets done, State will be all set to meet that requirement through the 2021 season. The Pack is slated to play Notre Dame in 2016 and 2017, which would be followed by the WVU series, and then by the MSU games.

I'm pretty excited about getting the Mountaineers on the schedule, so I hope that works out. Sounds like a great road trip to me, and we've had so few of those with other major-conference schools in the last ... hell, I don't know. South Carolina in 2008 and Ohio State in 2003 are the only prominent ones coming to mind.