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.