The Old Dominion Monarchs and the UMass Minutemen have scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Old Dominion will host UMass in the first game of the series on Oct. 1, 2016 at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk. The Monarchs will then travel to face the Minutemen at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst on Sept. 9, 2017.
“We continue to add to our non-league schedule in the future and the UMass series is a great addition to our schedule. We played them in 2011 when we were both members of the CAA and FCS,” ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder said. “Now that we are both FBS members this will give both programs a competitive non-league game that should be exciting for the players and the fans.”
The two schools met one time previously when both were members of the Colonial Athletic Association in the FCS. In that contest in 2011, ODU upset 20th-ranked UMass 48-33.
Old Dominion now has three non-conference games scheduled for 2016 and two for 2017. In addition to the games with UMass, ODU travels to Appalachian State and NC State in 2016 and Virginia Tech in 2017.
UMass now has five games scheduled for 2016 and three for 2017. The Minutemen will likely be an FBS Independent in 2016 after opting to leave the Mid-American Conference after the 2015 season.
In 2016, UMass is slated to host UConn and Rhode Island and travel to Florida and Boston College. In 2017, they will visit Temple and Indiana.