The ACC announced football opponents for the 2013 season, and for Hokies fans, it looks awfully familiar to the slate Virginia Tech dealt with this past season.
Due to the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the conference for next year, the Hokies will play three teams in the same venue as 2012, including Duke at Lane Stadium and road games at Miami and Boston College. The league said such an arrangement would allow it to balance the schedule going forward.
Virginia Tech’s 2013 league schedule will also feature home games against North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Maryland, as well as road games at Georgia Tech and Virginia. The ACC is expected announce its complete schedule, with dates, next month.
Perhaps the biggest news is that the Hokies will avoid a return trip to Florida State, which was originally scheduled to take place before the ACC reversed course on its plan to play nine conference games. Virginia Tech was supposed to face Pittsburgh at home in a nonconference matchup in 2013, but with the Panthers joining the Coastal Division next season, the ACC had to eliminate one of Virginia Tech’s crossover Atlantic Division opponents.
The Hokies lost to the Seminoles at Lane Stadium, 28-22, this year in their first regular season meeting since 2008. But the absence of ACC favorites Florida State and Clemson on the schedule has left Virginia Tech without a marquee home game.
Virginia Tech opens the season in Atlanta against two-time defending BCS champion Alabama and has home games against Western Carolina and Marshall as part of its 2013 nonconference schedule. The Hokies also have a road game at East Carolina.
The bright side, however, is that according to David Morrison of the Greensboro News and Record, Virginia Tech has the easiest ACC schedule in the league based on 2012 records.