Boise State announces home-and-home football series with Virginia

It looks like there will be another notch on the Broncos’ Atlantic Coast Conference opponent belt.

On Monday, Boise State announced a home-and-home series with the University of Virginia in football for the 2015 and 2017 season, in which both schools will guarantee an exchange of $200,000.

The Broncos will make the travel first starting on Sept. 26, 2015, where the team will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to face the Cavaliers  on the grass field of
Scott Stadium.

On Sept. 27, 2017, it will be the Cavaliers who will head into Bronco Stadium.

However, it’s not the Cavaliers’ first time playing on the blue, as they fell to Fresno State 37-34 in overtime during the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl.

“I think our fans will be extremely excited about the Broncos hosting an ACC school,” Boise State Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said in a release. “We continue to work hard on scheduling home-and-home games against BCS opponents and a series like this with an east coast team will help spread the Bronco brand.”

Not only is the first time Boise State is slated to face off against Virginia, but this marks the third ACC opponent the Broncos will have faced in school history.

The Broncos’ first ACC opponent came through Boston College during the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl on the Blue, falling to the Eagles 27-21.

Then in 2010, the Broncos avenged their loss on the road against Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., defeating the
Hokies 33-30.

In terms of other non-conference games for the 2015, the Broncos will host the University of Washington Huskies on Sept. 19 and head to Provo, Utah to face BYU on Sept. 12. For 2017, the Broncos will head to Pullman, Wa. to play the Washington State Cougars on Sept. 9 and back to Provo for BYU on Oct. 7.

This announcement comes at an interesting time for Bronco Nation, as the university announced on Dec. 31, 2012 that they were going to head back to the Mountain West conference instead of the Big East.

Through this series Boise State will continue to expand its opponent repertoire and brand identity on the east coast.

Reaffirming this movement in east coast play, the Broncos play Ole Miss on Aug. 28, 2014 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome.

For the 2013 season, Boise State’s non-conference schedule has the Broncos traveling to face the Huskies  on Aug. 31 and BYU
on Oct. 26.

The Broncos will host Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7 and Southern Miss on
Sept. 28.

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John Garretson enters his first year as The Arbiter's Sports Editor. A junior Communication student pursuing a Certificate of Public Relations, Garretson is also Boise State PRSSA's Director of Publicity. Check him out on Twitter at @John_Garretson and stay tuned for this season's Arbiter Sports Talk.