Virginia Tech, Michigan schedule football series for 2020, 2021

Virginia Tech and Michigan have agreed to a home-and-home football series that will take place in 2020 and 2021, the two schools announced Thursday. The Hokies will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 29, 2020, and the Wolverines are scheduled to come to Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., the following season on Sep. 11, 2021.

Virginia Tech and Michigan had been negotiating the series since at least last fall, but talks were tabled when the Big Ten expanded and threw Michigan’s future schedules into flux. Virginia Tech Athletic Jim Weaver developed a relationship with Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon as a result of the 2012 Sugar Bowl, the only other time the Hokies and Wolverines have met on the gridiron.

“I am pleased that Dave Brandon and I have been able to work out this agreement,” Weaver said in a statement. “Michigan is the winningest college football program in the country, and it will be exciting to have the Wolverines come to Lane Stadium.”

Michigan scored a 23-20 overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, which featured a controversial finish after a touchdown catch by wide receiver Danny Coale was reversed by the replay booth.

Weaver has made a habit of adding Big Ten teams to Virginia Tech’s future schedules. The Hokies begin a home-and-home series with Ohio State in 2014 and 2015 and have a two-game series with Wisconsin scheduled to begin in 2016.

Virginia Tech is 1-1 all time against Big Ten competition, the lone victory coming over Indiana in the 1993 Independence Bowl.

Mark Giannotto covers Virginia and Virginia Tech for The Washington Post.
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