Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman has announced the addition of 13 games to the Demon Deacons’ future football schedules.
The additions include a six-game, home-and-home series with Army, a home-and-home series with Vanderbilt, single games at home against Air Force and Northern Illinois, and three FCS opponents.
Wake Forest will host Army at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2016, 2022, and 2025. The Demon Deacons will travel to take on the Black Knights at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York in 2021, 2024, and 2026.
Wake Forest and Army have met 14 times previously and the Demon Deacons lead the overall series 10-4.
In 2022, Wake will begin a home-and-home series at Vanderbilt, with the return game set for Winston-Salem in 2023. The Commodores lead the overall series against the Demon Deacons 10-6 and have won the last three meetings.
Northern Illinois is scheduled to visit Winston-Salem in 2021, and Air Force will visit the following season in 2022. Wake Forest is currently 0-1 against Air Force and 1-1 against NIU.
Wake Forest also announced today future football games against three FCS opponents: Presbyterian (2017), Liberty (2018), and Elon (2019).
In the release today, Ron Wellman also confirmed that BYU will now count towards the ACC’s scheduling requirement of one Power Five program per year beginning in 2017.
“The ACC athletic directors have agreed that each ACC school will play a football non-conference opponent from the SEC, Big 10, PAC 12, Big 12 or Notre Dame or BYU annually,” Wellman wrote.
Wellman also addressed the rising cost of one-time “buy” games and said that he prefers series instead.
“The financial guarantees that non-conference opponents are receiving today for “buy games” have doubled and tripled from just a few years ago. Therefore, it is more realistic to play a home- and- away series against quality opponents than to “buy” one-time games.”