According to Newsday's Greg Logan, Boston College has replaced the Stony Brook Seawolves with the Villanova Wildcats for the 2013 season opener.
ACC FB sked change: Stony Brook replaced by Villanova in opener at Boston College. Seawolves now plan home opener 8/31 vs. TBD. #SBAthletics— Greg Logan (@GregLogan1) February 25, 2013
The Eagles and Wildcats rekindle a once longstanding rivalry on the gridiron. The two programs played one another a total of 45 times, including every season from 1955-1980. The Wildcats are the Eagles' third most faced opponent all-time, behind only Holy Cross and Syracuse. Villanova has played Boston College more times than any other opponent than Delaware. BC holds a 29-15-1 edge in the all-time series.
Villanova was originally slated to face ACC newcomer Pittsburgh in the season opener, but the conference wanted to stage its Labor Day Monday game between Pittsburgh and Florida State to fulfill its TV obligations under the conference's new media rights contracts with ESPN. The ACC reportedly stepped in to help Pittsburgh and Florida State rearrange their schedules, as well as replacing CAA newcomer Stony Brook with Villanova on the Eagles' 2013 schedule.
First year Boston College coach Steve Addazio and Villanova coach Andy Talley are familiar foes going back to Addazio's past two seasons on North Broad Street. Temple and Villanova opened the 2011 and 2012 seasons against one another in the Mayor's Cup. Temple won both games, 42-7 in 2011 and 41-10 last season.
According to Villanova, BC-Villanova will be played on Friday, August 30, giving the Eagles back-to-back Friday night games to start the season.
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