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NC State football adds series with West Virginia

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N.C. State has upgraded its nonconference football schedule again. The Wolfpack will play a home-and-home with West Virginia in 2018 and ’19, the school announced Wednesday.

The Wolfpack, which beat the Mountaineers in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, will host WVU in 2018 and then travel to Morgantown, W.Va., in 2019.

The ACC wants its football teams to schedule at least one opponent from one of the “Power 5” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten or Notre Dame), and the latest deal will give the Wolfpack one such opponent from 2016 through 2021. Earlier this summer, N.C. State announced a home-and-home deal with Mississippi State in 2020 and ’21.

N.C. State’s nonconference schedule was lackluster in 2013 and doesn’t have any big names for the upcoming season or in 2015. The Wolfpack will host two transitional Bowl Subdivision teams (Old Dominion and Georgia Southern) this season and has to travel to ODU and South Alabama in 2015.

Notre Dame, which has a scheduling arrangement with the ACC, will fulfill N.C. State’s “Power 5” requirement in 2016 and ’17.

N.C. State has had trouble lining up and keeping dates with nonconference opponents. N.C. State and Duke discussed a “nonconference” series between the ACC teams but couldn’t match up the dates.

The Wolfpack and Blue Devils played football every year but one from 1924 to 2003. Since the ACC expanded, the Wolfpack and Devils have met just three times and aren’t scheduled to play again until 2020.

N.C. State also lost a high-profile series with LSU. The Tigers recently bought out a pair of games for $100,000. Both the Mississippi State and West Virginia contracts call for a $1 million buyout.

N.C. State still needs one more nonconference opponent, likely a Championship Subdivision foe, for the 2015 season.

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