What a schedule upgrade.
Virginia and Oregon announced a home-and-home series Monday, in what will be the first meetings between the two programs. The teams are scheduled to meet Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, and Virginia will make the trip to Eugene and Autzen Stadium in 2016.
Oregon replaces Penn State on the 2013 Virginia schedule. The Nittany Lions released this statement about the move:
“The University of Virginia notified Penn State that it would not be playing the Sept. 14, 2013 game scheduled for Beaver Stadium in order to play a home game on that date. We are working with Virginia to re-schedule the game for Beaver Stadium in a future season. We have begun discussions to find an opponent for the Sept. 14 date and expect to make that announcement very soon.”
Virginia previously announced the 2013 season would begin against BYU on Aug. 31. The Hoos are scheduled to play eight home games for the first time in school history -- quite a tantalizing home slate with these two nonconference games, plus Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
"We initiated a conversation with Oregon about a potential game in 2017 in Europe,” Virginia executive associate athletics director Jon Oliver said in a statement. "As the conversation progressed, it became clear we might have an opportunity to initiate a series in 2013 starting in Charlottesville. We saw that as a great opportunity for our program and our fans.
"The chance to add Oregon presents us with the unique opportunity to have eight home games in a single season. Kicking off the season against BYU on Aug. 31 and playing Oregon on Sept. 7 will be a challenge, but one that Coach London has been on board with since the very beginning. I am hopeful that our fans will embrace this schedule and create a home field advantage to help make our team successful."
London added: "I’m looking forward to playing eight home games next season. We want our players to be able to compete against great teams. Bringing BYU and Oregon to Scott Stadium to start the season will be a tremendous challenge, but one our team is preparing for now and is very excited to take on."
As for the game against Penn State, Oliver said the school was hopeful the game could be rescheduled.