Monday January 26th, 2015

In a first for a pair of Power Five conference teams, ACC schools North Carolina and Wake Forest have scheduled a "non-conference" home-and-home series in football.

The two North Carolina-based schools will begin the series on Sept. 14, 2019, with a meeting at Wake Forest before a game at UNC on Sept. 25, 2021. The series marks the first time two Power Five schools have agreed to play each other in a series originally scheduled as non-conference games.

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"Because of the ACC schedule, we do not have the opportunity to play North Carolina as regularly as we have in the past," Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman said in a release. "These are two teams that played the very first college football game in this state over 125 years ago. We felt it made perfect sense to continue this rivalry and allow fans of both schools to enjoy playing a traditional opponent."

UNC and Wake Forest have played a total of 105 times dating back to 1888, with North Carolina holding the advantage in the all-time series at 68-35-2. The two teams played every year from 1994-2004, but have met just four times since. The last meeting was in 2012, a 28-27 Wake Forest win.

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ACC conference games between the two schools are scheduled for 2015 at UNC and 2022 at Wake Forest.

“This is a unique opportunity to play a regional rival in years that fall outside the normal conference rotation,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a release.  “We have a long history with Wake Forest that has historical value and will generate interest within our fans.”

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