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Middle Tennessee, Troy schedule rare home-and-home series for this season

Middle Tennessee is making up for losing three games by scheduling a very rare for football home-and-home with Troy.

Blue Raiders athletic director Chris Massaro announced the agreement Thursday.

Under the deal, Troy will visit Middle Tennessee either Sept. 5 or Sept. 19, when the Blue Raiders would have either opened visiting Duke or hosting Virginia Tech, games that were canceled when the Atlantic Coast Conference decided to go to a league-only schedule this season.

Middle Tennessee will visit Troy on Nov. 21. That's the date the Blue Raiders would have visited UConn, which became the first FBS program to cancel its season Wednesday.

Massaro said they anticipated this scenario.

Contracts have not been signed yet, and Massaro says this agreement works for both of the former Sun Belt Conference rivals with no guarantees involved and bus trips for both teams.

Middle Tennessee also will keep future schedules intact.