ACC All Access: Virginia agrees to home-and-home football series with BYU beginning next season

Virginia will welcome a visitor from the West to open next season, and will head to the Rocky Mountains in a couple years with the announcement of a two-game football series with Brigham Young.

U.Va. and BYU will kickoff next season Aug. 31 in Scott Stadium. Then, on Sept. 20, 2014, U.Va. will travel to Provo, Utah to play BYU. It'll mark the fourth and fifth times the programs have met, with U.Va. holding a 2-1 series advantage.

"We feel fortunate that we were able to schedule a series with BYU, a school with a strong football tradition, on such short notice," said U.Va. executive associate director of athletics Jon Oliver in a statement released Wednesday by the athletic department. "Historically, the games have been very competitive and we look forward to opening the season against them in 2013 in Scott Stadium."

Oliver said the announcement this year by the ACC that in-conference slates would remain at eight games per member school starting next season, when Pittsburgh and Syracuse join the conference, as opposed to expanding to nine games made the series with BYU a possibility for U.Va.

U.Va.'s other non-conference games next season will be at Penn State, and against Virginia Military Institute and Ball State, both in Charlottesville. Dates for those non-conference games and for U.Va.'s conference games next season haven't been announced.

In 2014, U.Va.'s non-conference schedule will consist of home games against UCLA, Richmond and Kent State, and now the game at BYU.

U.Va. defeated BYU 22-16 in the 1987 All-American Bowl, and beat BYU 45-40 in 1999 in Provo. In 2000, BYU came to Charlottesville and won 38-35 in overtime.

This season, BYU is 5-4 as a Bowl Subdivision independent. A home win Saturday against 1-8 Idaho will get BYU bowl-eligible for an eighth consecutive season. Coming into this season, BYU had won 10 or more games in five of its last six seasons.


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