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)