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ACC football schedules: Virginia, Virginia Tech to face off on Black Friday

Will Virginia Tech again raise the Commonwealth Cup after beating Virginia? Find out on Black Friday. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

Virginia and Virginia Tech football fans who already have plans for Black Friday this year may want to change them.

The ACC released its complete 2014 football schedule Wednesday afternoon, and for the just the second time ever, the Hokies and Cavaliers will end the regular season by playing their annual Commonwealth Cup game on the Friday after Thanksgiving at Lane Stadium.

The only other time the two in-state rivals have met on a Friday came in 1996, a game held in Blacksburg, Va., that Virginia Tech won, 26-9.

The Hokies will also play on consecutive Thursday nights in 2014, starting on Oct. 16 at Pittsburgh. After a one-year break, Virginia Tech will once again host a Thursday night game at Lane Stadium when it faces Coastal Division foe Miami on Oct. 23.

Many fans were upset a year ago when former Athletic Director Jim Weaver revealed he requested the school not host a Thursday night game during the 2013 season for the first time in 11 years.

Virginia Tech’s biggest nonconference test comes on Sept. 6, the second week of the regular season, when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State for the first game of a home-and-home series. The Hokies open the season with a home game against William & Mary of the Football Bowl Subdivision and face East Carolina and Western Michigan at Lane Stadium outside of ACC play.

Virginia Tech also has home games against Georgia Tech and Boston College. The Hokies will go on the road to play North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest.

“This will be a challenging schedule, with eight teams that went to bowl games last season,” Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said in a statement. “I think our fans are excited that we have added a national power like Ohio State. We also feel playing back-to-back Thursday night games, along with a home game against Virginia on the Friday after Thanksgiving, will provide a tremendous amount of exposure.”

Virginia starts the 2014 season by playing at home in five of its first six games, but the Cavaliers will also face 10 bowl teams from a year ago coming off a 2-10 campaign.

Coach Mike London will begin his fifth season at the helm at Scott Stadium with Virginia’s first-ever meeting with UCLA in the first year of a home-and-home series. It is followed a week later with a home matchup against FCS foe Richmond. The Cavaliers will then host Louisville, which replaces Maryland as their annual Atlantic Division crossover opponent, and go on the road for the first time on Sept. 20 to play at BYU.

Virginia ends the year with four of its final six games away from Scott Stadium, with trips to Duke, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Virginia Tech. Virginia’s other home games come against Kent State and Coastal Division foes North Carolina and Miami.

“This schedule will require that we maximize our opportunities to get better as a football program and we’re eager for the opportunity to get back on the practice field to get ready for the 2014 season,” London said in a statement.

Virginia 2014 football schedule

Aug. 30: UCLA

Sept. 6: Richmond

Sept. 13: Louisville

Sept. 20: at BYU

Sept. 27: Kent State

Oct. 4: Pittsburgh

Oct. 18: at Duke

Oct. 25: North Carolina

Nov. 1: at Georgia Tech

Nov. 8: at Florida State

Nov. 22: Miami

Nov. 28: at Virginia Tech (Friday)

Virginia Tech 2014 football schedule

Aug. 30: William & Mary

Sept. 6: at Ohio State

Sept. 13: East Carolina

Sept. 20: Georgia Tech

Sept. 27: Western Michigan

Oct. 4: at North Carolina

Oct. 16: at Pittsburgh (Thursday)

Oct. 23: Miami (Thursday)

Nov. 1: Boston College

Nov. 15: at Duke

Nov. 22: at Wake Forest

Nov. 28: Virginia (Friday)

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.
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