Virginia Tech football will face Football Championship Subdivision school Austin Peay at Lane Stadium as part of next season’s non-conference schedule. The Hokies had previously scheduled games with East Carolina in 2012 and 2013, but they were moved to 2016 and 2017 so Virginia Tech could face Alabama in Atlanta to start the 2013 campaign.
The Hokies have never faced Austin Peay, who finished 3-8 and lost to Cincinnati, 72-10, to start this past season. The Governors finished second-to-last in the Ohio Valley Conference. The date of the game will be announced when the ACC reveals its 2012 schedule in late January or early February.
Virginia Tech also will travel to Pittsburgh on Sep. 15 and face Bowling Green at Lane Stadium on Sep. 22 next year. The Hokies’ non-conference schedule is rounded out by a game against Cincinnati at FedEx Field on a date to be determined.
Virginia Tech’s non-conference schedule came under fire nationally this year when it didn’t face any teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences before ACC play began. Even though Appalachian State, East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall had a combined record of 29-19 this season, the Sagarin Ratings used as part of the BCS formula judged the Hokies to have the 57th-toughest overall schedule in the country.
The teams on Virginia Tech’s non-conference schedule in 2012 had a combined record of 23-24 this past season.