With both the ACC and SEC enforcing new scheduling guidelines requiring at least one game against a top-tier nonconference foe, NC State has signed a home-and-home agreement with Mississippi State for 2020 and 2021.
Beginning in 2017, ACC schools will be required to schedule at least one nonconference game against Notre Dame or teams from the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12. NC State has games scheduled against the Fighting Irish in 2016 and 2017, but before the deal with Mississippi State had no other nonconference games currently contracted that would meet the new criteria.
NC State had a home-and-home series with LSU scheduled for 2017 and 2020, but the Tigers backed out of the deal earlier this year, paying a $100,000 penalty to exit the contract.
The Wolfpack’s nonconference schedule for 2014 includes Georgia Southern and Old Dominion, both new FBS arrivals since 2013. It also includes FCS foe Presbyterian and a road date with South Florida from the American Athletic Conference. Since 2010, NC State has played just one regular-season, nonconference game that would fit the ACC’s new requirement — a loss to Tennessee to open the 2012 season.