ODU releases 2017 football schedule

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NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University Football hosts defending Conference USA Champion WKU and ACC foe North Carolina to highlight the 2017 schedule, announced by Conference USA on Thursday.

Old Dominion head football coach Bobby Wilder

Old Dominion head football coach Bobby Wilder

“Our family is very excited with the 2017 schedule. Home games with an Albany team that should have been selected for the FCS playoffs, the North Carolina Tar Heels first ever visit, and defending C-USA champion WKU headline our mission to keep the sellout and home winning streak (six games) alive,” ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder said. “Our first ever visit to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, as well as trips to fellow bowl participants North Texas and Middle Tennessee make for a challenging 12 game schedule. Our team wants our goals in 2017 to be the same as 2016. Compete to win the East in C-USA and go to a bowl game.”

Season tickets are available and on sale now through the ODU Ticket Office with ticket prices starting at $169. Tickets may be purchased online at YNotTix.com or by calling the ODU Ticket office 757-683-4444.

Old Dominion is coming off of a 10-3 season and the program’s first bowl game and victory, a 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. The Monarchs are one of 26 FBS programs to reach the 10 win plateau and finished the season ranked in the top-10 in the country in six statistical categories.

The Monarchs open the season at home against FCS foe, Albany, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Albany went 7-4 in 2016 with a win over FBS Buffalo.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Larry Fedora of the North Carolina Tar Heels directs his team during their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Kenan Stadium on November 25, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 28-21. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Larry Fedora of the North Carolina Tar Heels directs his team during their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Kenan Stadium on November 25, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 28-21. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Sept. 16, ODU hosts their second Power-Five opponent in three years in North Carolina. NC State came to Norfolk in 2015. The Tar Heels went 8-5 in 2016 and played in the Sun Bowl.

The Monarchs complete the non-conference slate at Virginia Tech on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Hokies joined ODU as a 10-win team in 2016, and defeated Arkansas in the Belk Bowl, coming from behind to score 35-straight points and win 35-24.

ODU enjoys a bye after the Virginia Tech game, and will begin conference play at home, hosting Florida Atlantic on Oct. 7. The Owls went 3-9 last season and are led by new head coach, Lane Kiffin.

ODU hosts former Alabama offensive coordinator, new FAU head coach Lane Kiffin October 7. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ODU hosts former Alabama offensive coordinator, new FAU head coach Lane Kiffin October 7. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After a week on the road, ODU hosts WKU on Saturday, Oct. 21. The Hilltoppers went 11-3 and won the Boca Raton Bowl 51-31 over Memphis last season.

The Monarchs host Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 4. The 49ers finished 2016 with a 4-8 record.

Old Dominion hosts Rice in the home finale on Nov. 18. Rice is coming off a 3-9 campaign. This will be the second meeting between the two squads. ODU defeated Rice, 45-42, in the Monarchs’ first game as a C-USA member in 2014.

ODU will travel to C-USA foes Marshall, North Texas, and will end the regular season at Middle Tennessee.

It is important to note that all games are subject to date changes and some dates are expected to move in the coming weeks in order to accommodate national television.

Old Dominion 2017 Football Schedule

Sept. 2 ALBANY

Sept. 9 at Massachusetts

Sept. 16 NORTH CAROLINA

Sept. 23 at Virginia Tech

Sept. 30 Bye

Oct. 7 FLORIDA ATLANTIC

Oct. 14 at Marshall

Oct. 21 WKU

Oct. 28 at North Texas

Nov. 4 CHARLOTTE

Nov. 11 at FIU

Nov. 18 RICE

Nov. 25 at Middle Tennessee