NC State has beefed up its future nonconference schedules, announcing Tuesday that the program has future series with Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and UConn.
The Wolfpack will host the Red Raiders in 2022 and travel to Lubbock in 2027. They will head to Vanderbilt in 2026 and host the Commodores in 2028. And they will host the Huskies in 2022 before heading to Storrs in 2023.
NC State announced a 2023 game with VMI as well.
The main impetus behind several of these series stems from the 2014 agreement the ACC made to schedule one Power-5 nonconference opponent per year starting in 2017. In that 2017 season, NC State will play multiple Power-5 opponents: South Carolina (in Charlotte) and at Notre Dame.
Other future Power-5 series for NC State, as previously announced, include West Virginia (2018-19) and Mississippi State (2020-21).
The Wolfpack will host Texas Tech and UConn in 2022, before hosting Notre Dame and going to UConn in 2023. Though the Huskies no longer fall under the Power-5 umbrella, this is a start. (As is playing at East Carolina in 2022.)
After all, NC State is a program that has yet to play a Power-5 nonconference opponent since coach Dave Doeren’s debut in 2013. Its first such opponent, Notre Dame this year, is a product of the ACC’s scheduling agreement with the Irish. Heck, even in the six-year Tom O’Brien era before that, NC State faced members of the current Power-5 just five times total, and only once since 2009.
NC State now has a Power-5 nonconference opponent lined up for every year through the 2028 season, save for 2024.