Virginia Tech, Penn State to play football series starting in 2022


Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech are getting their future nonconference schedules in order. (Matt Gentry/AP)

Virginia Tech football has added another Big Ten foe to its nonconference schedule over the next decade.

The school announced Wednesday that it has signed a contract with Penn State to play a home-and-home series beginning in 2022. The two teams will play in Blacksburg on Sept. 17, 2022, and the Hokies will then travel to State College, Pa., on Sept. 16, 2023.

“I think this will be a series that our fans will look forward to since this is another Big Ten team,” Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said in a school-issued statement. “Over the next 10 years, we will be playing Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Penn State.”

Virginia Tech and Penn State have never faced each other in football, although Weaver played for the Nittany Lions and later served as an assistant coach under Joe Paterno from 1969 to 1972. He coached current Penn State Athletic Director Dave Joyner during that time.

In 2022, Virginia Tech’s home schedule will include consecutive games against Penn State and West Virginia, barring any changes in the future.

The Hokies are scheduled to face Ohio State in 2014 and 2015, and also have home-and-home series with Wisconsin (2019 and 2020) and Michigan (2020 and 2021) on the docket in the future.

Last week, Weaver announced that Virginia Tech and Wisconsin had delayed their home-and-home series from 2016 and 2017 until 2019 and 2020, so the Badgers could take on LSU in a neutral-site series beginning next year.

Weaver said he had already lined up another major conference opponent to fill up the scheduling void left by Wisconsin in 2016 and 2017, but has yet to announce what program the Hokies will face.

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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