Tennessee series finalized

EUGENE – The University of Oregon has completed an agreement with the University of Tennessee that will call for the two schools to meet on the football field for the first time in the schools' history, according to a joint announcement Monday by the athletic departments of the two universities.

The agreement calls for the Ducks to visit Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 11, 2010, with the Volunteers to return the trip to Eugene on Sept. 14, 2013.

It not only marks the first intersectional game between the two schools but will signify Oregon's first venture to a Southeastern Conference venue since it played at Mississippi State in 2003. An SEC opponent has not played in Eugene since the Bulldogs did so to kick off the series in 2002.

Prior to the meeting with Tennessee, the Ducks are scheduled to complete home-and-home series vs. Oklahoma (Sept. 16 in Eugene) in 2006 and at Michigan (Sept. 8 in Ann Arbor) in 2007, before initiating a two-game set with Purdue in 2008. Oregon will face the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 20, 2008, with Purdue returning the trip to Autzen Stadium on Sept. 12, 2009.

In addition, Oregon Senior Associate Athletics Director Dave Heeke announced that a previously scheduled football game at Boise State in 2010 had been moved up to Sept. 5, 2009 in order to complete the Ducks' non-conference football schedule through the 2009 season. Oregon will host the Broncos in Eugene on Aug. 30, 2008.

The fifth-ranked Ducks are preparing to face Oklahoma in the 28th annual Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Dec. 29 in San Diego, Calif.

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