3:30 p.m. at FedEx Field.
TV: ESPNU. Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM).
Records: Hokies 3-1; Bearcats 2-0.
identity crisis: Virginia Tech concludes its nonconference schedule with an intriguing matchup against Cincinnati in what is expected to be a pro-Hokies crowd at FedEx Field. The Bearcats finished 10-3 last year and also blew out Pittsburgh, 34-10, this season, a week before the Panthers handled Virginia Tech, 35-17. That loss forced many fans to question just how good this year’s team will be. Saturday should provide them with a more definitive answer.
GETTING TO MUNCHIE:The Hokies’ defense recovered from a humbling experience at Pittsburgh two weeks ago by recording its 26th shutout under the direction of defensive coordinator Bud Foster in a 37-0 win over Bowling Green. But Virginia Tech faces a much different challenge in Cincinnati, whom Coach Frank Beamer called the most athletic team the Hokies have faced this year. The Bearcats are led by dual-threat quarterback Munchie Legaux, who is averaging more than 10 yards per rush while also completing better than 60 percent of his passes.