North Carolina will play Georgia Southern in football next season on Oct. 10, a team official confirmed, filling its 12-game schedule with a second Football Championship Division (formerly Division I-AA team).
The opening in the Tar Heels' schedule occurred when coach Butch Davis opted to cancel a home-and-home series with Colorado.
This year's season-opener against McNeese State replaced one of those games, but they were unable to find another Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) foe to play because most major conferences schedule several years in advance, and usually want a home-and-home series.
UNC would not have been able to return a game for several seasons, because its schedule is so full.
UNC also wanted to play a seventh home game.
The ACC is expected to release its schedule Tuesday. Carolina's other three non-conference games next season are against The Citadel (a I-AA team) and East Carolina, and at Connecticut.