NEWARK, Del.  --  Atlantic Coast Conference opponents will be familiar names on the University of Delaware football squad’s schedule in the coming seasons, UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady has announced.

Delaware has finalized deals with five ACC schools to play road games against teams from that powerful NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conference over the next six seasons.

The Blue Hens, who will open the 2014 campaign Aug. 30 at ACC opponent Pittsburgh, have also worked out agreements to travel to the University of North Carolina (Sept. 26, 2015), Wake Forest (Sept. 17, 2016), Virginia Tech (Sept. 2, 2017), Pittsburgh (Aug. 31, 2019), and North Carolina State (Sept. 5, 2020).

Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina all played in bowl games following the 2013 season while Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and Pittsburgh all appeared in bowl games during the 2012 campaign.

Ziady noted that he is still looking to schedule an NCAA FBS opponent for the 2018 season.

“It is exciting for us to have the opportunity to play some of the nation’s top football programs on our schedule year in and year out,” said Ziady. “Playing schools from the ACC gives our student-athletes the chance to compete against some of the top teams in the country and I know our fans will be excited to see these opponents on the schedule and to visit some outstanding venues to cheer on the Blue Hens.”

“These future schedules represent a great opportunity for the players in our program to compete against some of the best teams in the country,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock. “We look forward to the opportunity to compete annually against some of the nation’s best. This will create great excitement for our football team and for all the people who love Delaware football.”

Since the 2003 season, the Blue Hens have played eight games against FBS opponents, facing Navy (2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013), and Maryland (2008).