One day after word leaked that Virginia Tech would take part in the first-ever college football game to be played at a racetrack, the Hokies announced another high-profile matchup that will likely garner national attention.
Virginia Tech and Ohio State have agreed to move their previously scheduled 2015 game at Lane Stadium to Labor Day (Sept. 7), and it will be televised nationally by ESPN as part of its contract with the ACC. The contest was originally supposed to take place on Sept. 26, 2015.
The Hokies face the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, next season on Sept. 20 as part of a home-and-home series between the two schools.
It will be the third time in recent years Virginia Tech has played on Labor Day to begin the college football season. In 2010, the Hokies lost to Boise State at FedEx Field and last year beat Georgia Tech in overtime.
In order to avoid what happened in 2010, when Virginia Tech was upset by James Madison on five days’ rest after losing to Boise State, the Hokies also moved around two other 2015 games.
Virginia Tech will now play Furman of the Football Bowl Subdivision on Sept. 12 instead of Sept. 19, and its annual matchup with East Carolina has been moved from Sept. 12 to Sept. 19.