Virginia to host Oregon in 2013

Updated: January 28, 2013, 5:23 PM ET
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Virginia and Oregon announced Monday that they have scheduled a home-and-home series, the first ever meeting between the two programs.

The teams are scheduled to meet Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, and the Cavaliers will make the trip to Eugene's Autzen Stadium in 2016.

Oregon replaces Penn State on Virginia's schedule for the upcoming season. The Cavaliers originally had been scheduled to visit the Nittany Lions.

Virginia previously announced the 2013 season would begin with an Aug. 31 home game against BYU. The Cavaliers are scheduled to play eight home games for the first time in school history -- quite a tantalizing home slate with these two non-conference 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."

Virginia is coming off a 4-8 season, and coach Mike London has restructured his entire coaching staff. A challenging non-conference slate, however, is something he is looking forward to.

"We want our players to be able to compete against great teams," London said. "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."