N.C. State added some needed punch to its football schedule in 2020 and ’21. The Wolfpack agreed to a home-and-home series with Mississippi State of the SEC.
N.C. State had recently lost a home-and-home with LSU, and the dates with Mississippi State make up for one of those games.
The Wolfpack will host the Bulldogs in Raleigh on Sept. 12, 2020. The Pack travels to Starkville, Miss., on Sept. 11, 2021.
N.C. State had agreed to play LSU in 2017 and ’20, but the Tigers paid $100,000 to pull out of the deal and instead will play Syracuse and are working on a deal with Miami. The Wolfpack recently picked up Troy for the 2017 season.
The buyout, for either side, in the contract with Mississippi State is $1 million.
The ACC decided in May to keep its eight-game conference format but wants its teams to annually schedule another team from one of the “Power 5” conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12) or Notre Dame, which will play five ACC teams annually beginning in 2015.
Mississippi State is the first “Power 5” team on the Wolfpack’s future schedules. N.C. State is set to play Notre Dame in 2016 and ’17.
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