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Minnesota adds series with North Carolina

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

More scheduling news out of Minnesota, which continues to beef up its nonconference schedules with BCS opponents.

Minnesota and North Carolina have agreed in principle to a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014. The Gophers will travel to Chapel Hill on Sept. 7, 2013 and host the Tar Heels on Sept. 13, 2015. The school shuffled games with both Oregon State and Colorado to accommodate the changes.

"Our upcoming non-conference schedules are very exciting for three reasons," head coach Tim Brewster said in a statement. "First and foremost, these games are important from the standpoint of recruiting. Then, it is also exciting for our fan base and for our football team. It is inspiring for all three of those groups to play challenging non-conference schedules like we're going to play."

Minnesota's non-league schedules are now finalized for 2010-11 and 2013-14, and several games have been scheduled for way down the road. As a Big Ten observer, I really admire Minnesota's new scheduling philosophy under Brewster and AD Joel Maturi after too many years of cupcakes at the Metrodome.

Here's a look at the Gophers' upcoming non-league schedules:

2010

Sept. 2 at Middle Tennessee State

Sept. 11 South Dakota

Sept. 18 USC

Sept. 25 Northern Illinois

2011

Sept. 3 at USC

Sept. 10 New Mexico State

Sept. 17 Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 24 North Dakota State

2012

Sept. 1 at UNLV

Sept. 15 New Hampshire

Sept. 22 Syracuse

2013

Aug. 31 UNLV

Sept. 7 at North Carolina

Sept. 14 Western Illinois

Sept. 21 San Jose State

2014

Aug. 30 Eastern Illinois

Sept. 6 at Miami (Ohio)

Sept. 13 North Carolina

Sept. 20 San Jose State

2015

Sept. 5 South Dakota State

Sept. 12 at Colorado State

Sept. 26 Ohio

2016

Sept. 3 New Mexico State

Sept. 24 Colorado State

2017

Sept. 9 Oregon State

Sept. 16 Middle Tennessee State

2018

Sept. 8 at Oregon State

2021

Sept. 18 at Colorado

2022

Sept. 17 Colorado