Nov. 15, 2013. Appalachian State University football will play a home-and-home series with Old Dominion in 2015 and 2016, the schools announced on Thursday. Appalachian State travels to Norfolk, Va. for the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Sept. 26, 2015 and hosts ODU at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Sept. 17, 2016.
“We’re excited to announce the first of several home-and-home series that we have arranged with NCAA Division I FBS opponents,” Appalachian State director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. “We feel like it is a great opportunity for our students-athletes and coaches to square off against a quality program from Conference USA and, due to the proximity of our campuses, we think that it is a matchup that will excite both of our terrific fan bases.”
Appalachian State and Old Dominion are both currently in the first year of a two-year transition from NCAA Division I FCS to Division I FBS. The teams will play their first full FBS schedules in 2014 (Appalachian as a first-year member of the Sun Belt Conference, ODU in Conference USA) and will be eligible for bowl consideration when they meet for the first time in 2015.
Old Dominion revived its football program in 2009 after a 68-year hiatus and quickly became one of the nation’s top FCS programs. The Monarchs have compiled a 45-13 record in five seasons and earned NCAA Division I Football Championship berths in 2011 and 2012.
Appalachian State and Old Dominion have never met on the gridiron despite being separated by just 350 miles.
The series with ODU is one of three home-and-home arrangements with FBS opponents that Appalachian State has in the works for the next four seasons. Appalachian expects to finalize and announce series for 2014-15 and 2016-17 in the near future.