Tar Heels to host in '15; Illini in '16

North Carolina and Illinois have agreed to a two-year series in 2015 and 2016, it was announced Thursday.

The Tar Heels will host the Illini at Kenan Stadium on Sept. 19, 2015, and will play in Champaign on Sept. 10, 2016.

"Coach [Larry] Fedora and I have been in discussions for several months about our future nonconference football opponents," UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "We both felt Illinois would be an attractive matchup for both schools and would be a tremendous experience and opportunity for our student-athletes, staff and fans."

The programs have met just twice, with the Tar Heels winning 27-0 in Champaign in 1971 and 34-14 in Chapel Hill in 1987.

North Carolina has not faced a Big Ten program since a loss at home to Wisconsin in 2005.