Saturday, vs. Southern Cal at FedEx Field, 7:45
The young Hokies are almost certainly in over their heads against last season's co-national champion and No. 1 preseason pick.
Sept. 11 Western Michigan
The Broncos lost both quarterbacks, their top running back and a pair of starters on the offensive line and wide receiver.
Sept. 18 Duke, noon
The Blue Devils averaged an ACC-worst 17.6 points last season.
Sept. 25 N.C. State, TBA
Tech's 25-24 victory over the Wolfpack in the 1986 Peach Bowl, which came on a last-second field goal, was its first bowl win.
Oct. 2 West Virginia, TBA
The Mountaineers are favored to win the league the Hokies vacated, the Big East.
Oct. 9 at Wake Forest, TBA
The Demon Deacons scored five defensive touchdowns last season, one more than in the previous eight seasons combined.
Oct. 16 Florida A&M, TBA
Quarterback Ben Dougherty threw for more than 2,500 yards last season and ran for 700 more.
Oct. 28 at Georgia Tech, 7:30
These teams were scheduled to meet in Blacksburg in the 2000 BCA game, but the game was canceled by fierce lightning.
Nov. 6 at North Carolina, TBA
Whether Coach John Bunting survives seems to depend on a defense that returns seven starters but still is young.
Nov. 18 Maryland, 7:30 p.m.
The big game.
Nov. 27 Virginia, TBA
He's back, meaning tight end Heath Miller, who caught 13 passes for 145 yards against the Hokies last season.
Dec. 4 at Miami, 1, TBA
The Hurricanes will be disappointed if they don't win 10 games for the fourth straight season.