Another home-and-home football series has fallen to conference expansion and nine-game football schedules, and this time it’s an ACC-Big Ten matchup.
The Ohio State Buckeyes and the North Carolina Tar Heels have canceled their home-and-home series that was scheduled for Sept. 23, 2017 in Chapel Hill and Sept. 22, 2018 in Columbus.
North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham announced the cancellation of the series today in a schedule release.
“The Big Ten’s move to nine conference games each year beginning in 2016 resulted in the cancellation of our series with Ohio State, which was scheduled for 2017 and 2018. Coach (Larry) Fedora and I will continue to look to add exciting matchups both in Kenan Stadium and on the road as we complete our future schedules.”
North Carolina moved quickly to replace Ohio State by adding a home-and-home series with the Cal Golden Bears for 2017 and 2018. The series satisfies the ACC’s “strength of schedule” mandate that begins in 2017.
The Tar Heels still need two more non-conference games in each of those seasons. Eastern Michigan is scheduled to visit on Sept. 9, 2017 and East Carolina comes to Chapel Hill on Sept. 8, 2018.
Ohio State is now in need of two non-conference games for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Buckeyes are scheduled to host Oklahoma on Sept. 16, 2017 and visit TCU on Sept. 15, 2018.