Should you go through the 2011 Virginia Tech football schedule, you’ll see many common things but in addition some new things we haven’t noticed in recent years. In 2011 your Hokies are going to have their typical ACC competitors both home as well as on the road, including a couple of high profile Thursday night match-ups. But what’s lacking that we’ve seen in recent times is the much talked about out-of-conference match-up that generally comes at the outset of the season.
Recently, Virginia Tech has started the season with a much talked about out-of-conference match-up. This is usually a made for TV game that’s against a premier opponent that’s ranked, and the game is over-blown all throughout the off-season. Virginia Tech has played games such as this against USC, LSU, Alabama, and last year Boise State. While these games produce excellent expectation for the season, and great determination for the team, they have a drawback (well, at least for the Hokies) in that Virginia Tech has lost most of them. This puts them in an immediate pit to start the season.
We don’t know if this is deliberate or not, however the This year’s season doesn’t have this kind of game. In fact, there isn’t any compelling out-of-conference match-up on the schedule at all. On the actual contrary, the actual Hokies begin the season with 4 OOC competitors from ‘mid-major’ conferences, including the games against East Carolina, Arkansas State, Marshall, along with a Div I-AA team Appalachian State. Despite being I-AA, Appalachian State is a great program who has conpeted for several recent national titles.
Following those 4 starting games, the Hokies enter ACC action full swing for the rest of the season. In 2011, Virginia Tech has home games against Clemson, Miami, Boston College, and North Carolina (UNC). They are on the road within the ACC against Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, as well as Virginia. A closer look discloses some fascinating observations.
The Hokies obviously have a favorable ACC schedule. Their most difficult competitors are at home (Clemson, Miami, BC, as well as UNC). The lesser opponents are on the road (Wake, Duke, and UVa). The ACC schedule lines up nicely for the Hokies this year.
Additionally, given the Hokies are going to be breaking in a brand new qb this year (Logan Thomas will take over for graduating Tyrod Taylor), having four mid-major teams to open the season is certainly a benefit. This definitely provides the Hokies an opportunity to break in Thomas prior to hitting the more difficult ACC schedule.
Finally, while there is no big early season OOC match-up, there will be some big Television games for Virginia Tech this season. Particularly, the Hokies will play at Georgia Tech and also at home against UNC in back to back again Thurs evening games within November. Virginia Tech versus UNC football tickets will be some of the most difficult to get this year.
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