The Old Dominion Monarchs have adjusted their 2023 football schedule and added three Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents to their future football schedules, the school announced on Thursday.
Old Dominion was previously scheduled to host the Buffalo Bulls on Sept. 23, 2023. However, the schools have mutually agreed to cancel the game and it will not be rescheduled.
The Monarchs have replaced the Buffalo contest with a home tilt against the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions of the Southland Conference in the FCS. The ODU-Texas A&M-Commerce game will be played on Sept. 23 at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion did not have an FCS opponent on their non-conference schedule in 2023, which allowed them to add the contest.
The Old Dominion-Buffalo game was canceled so that the Bulls could play at the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns next season. Louisiana was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team remaining with a non-conference opening in 2023 and likely did not want to schedule a second FCS opponent.
In addition to the changes to their 2023 football schedule, Old Dominion has announced the addition of future games against North Carolina Central, Norfolk State, and William & Mary.
ODU will host North Carolina Central on Sept. 6, 2025, which completes the Monarchs’ non-conference slate that season. The Monarchs will also visit Indiana (Aug. 30) and Virginia Tech (Sept. 13) host Liberty (Oct. 4).
The Norfolk State Spartans will make the short, four-mile trip to play Old Dominion on Sept. 5, 2026. Other non-conference opponents for the Monarchs that season include Virginia Tech on the road on Sept. 12 and UConn at home on Oct. 31.
Old Dominion will host William & Mary in Norfolk on Sept. 1, 2029. That completes the schedule for Old Dominion that season, which also includes contests at Army on Sept. 8, at East Carolina Sept. 15, and a home against Virginia Tech on Sept. 22.
Future Old Dominion Football Schedules
I think we can pencil in ODU/ULL for September 9, as both schools have an opening that day.
Did you read the article? ODU replaced Buffalo with TAMU-Commerce, and Buffalo will now visit ULL.
While definitely not unprecedented, it would be surprising if Louisiana and Old Dominion scheduled a non-conference game while being in the same conference.
Maybe he was referring to a Sun Belt game?
Yes, I was referring to a Sun Belt game, as I saw they are slated to play eachother this year, and it’s unlikely that both of them will have a bye as early as Week 2.
Lessons learned from the SEC.
“Louisiana was the only Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team remaining with a non-conference opening in 2023 and likely did not want to schedule a second FCS opponent.”
Tulane has an opening. They only have 3 non-con games scheduled for 2023 (South Alabama, Ole Miss, @ Southern Miss) with an 8-game conference schedule.
Tulane does not have an opening, they are finalizing a game vs. Nicholls.