2014 Virginia Tech Football Schedule

The 2014 Virginia Tech football schedule has been released. Thursday night football will once again happen in Blacksburg, and all is right with the world. Spoiler alert, there are two weekday games scheduled in the 'Burg.

Aug. 30: William & Mary — Tech opens with a cupcake. The emphasis is on cake. This is the correct decision as no form of cake can be wrong.

Sept. 6: at Ohio State — Tech will be a decided underdog, but home-and-homes between major programs make college football fun.

Sept. 13 East Carolina — "What division are they again? They're not in the ACC... But we play them every year." Everyone has had more than enough time to express their thoughts on this series, myself included. So I'm going to use this space to note my brother is an asshole for getting married this weekend. FALL WEDDINGS ARE WRONG, STEVE. (Congratulations though!)

Sept. 20 Georgia Tech — Honestly, anything is better than playing the Bees in Atlanta on a short week.

Sept. 27 Western Michigan — Resistant to college football's parity movement.

Oct. 4 at North Carolina — UNC won six of their final seven games. The lone loss was against eventual division winner Duke. ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach ranked the Heels No. 16 in his Way-Too-Early Top 25 and noted, "The Tar Heels were one of the country's youngest teams this past season, starting 10 freshmen and sophomores on offense and defense, and they should begin to benefit from their early lumps in coach Larry Fedora's tenure."

Oct. 16 at Pittsburgh (THURSDAY) — I'm already irrationally worried about this game because...

Oct. 23 Miami (THURSDAY) — OK. It's Miami, at home, on a Thursday night. I'm already amped. However, I was hoping Boston College would be slotted here. That way there's one guaranteed primetime game, with a better chance to get a second, or at the very least avoid a nooner. Historically speaking, Hokies–Hurricanes gets a 3:30 or better kickoff.

(Sidebar, the outcome of the pair of Thursday night games may very well determine whether or not Tech earns a trip to Charlotte.)

Nov. 1 Boston College — A few extra days rest before playing an extremely physical Eagles squad. That's a good thing.

Nov. 15 at Duke — "A bye week? Before Duke... What a waste. Thanks, ACC!" Those are things we would have said two years ago.

Nov. 22 at Wake Forest — If this was an annual series, we'd be calling BB&T Field Lane Stadium South. It's a 2 hour drive, so students you're basically getting another home game. Lucky you.

Nov. 28 Virginia (FRIDAY) — There's already a healthy discussion happening regarding the merits of Friday football in the 'Burg. Remember, per the league's media deal with ESPN, the ACC is obligated to play Friday football.

Per the extension, ESPN has the right to televise three Friday ACC football contests annually which will include a standing commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game as well as an afternoon or evening game on Thanksgiving Friday.

What remains to be seen is if the game will be at night. It's a good thing anytime a program can get national exposure. However, traveling the day after Thanksgiving might be tough for some folks, and it's one less day of rest before rivalry game. The Decade of Dominance happened, but the last two contests with the 'Hoos weren't blowouts.

Dec. 6 ACC Championship (CHARLOTTE) —

I don't have any major complaints with this schedule. Certainly there's nothing egregious like last year's lack of a Thursday night game, back-to-back trips in back-to-back seasons to Boston College and Miami, or a date with Chop Block Tech on the road after 5 days of rest. If I wanted to nitpick, it's a bummer there are no Saturday home games in October. Tailgating weather doesn't get any more beautiful in Blacksburg, but there could be worse alternatives than short road trips to Pitt and UNC.

The complete conference schedule is here: http://raycomsports.com/sports_labs_docs/m-footbl/2014_m-footbl_schedule....

What does everyone think?

Contact the editor about this post anytime by phone: (703) 646-1931 or mail: 3057 Nutley St Suite 633, Fairfax, Virginia 22031.

Comments

Never thought I'd say this but pumped about having a bye before we play Duke.

Go Tech

Thursday vs Miami! Can't wait!

Bye week before Pitt and Duke is nice.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

My reaction to Thursday night home games.

Also, I'm a fan of starting off with cupcakes before getting to the serious games. All this opening the season with a tough opponent stuff isn't for me. I'd rather us get a chance to get our heads in the season against a cupcake, then get down to business.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

THIS! I've been saying the same for years now. I can't wrap my head around having a brutal week 1 matchup followed by a week 2 cupcake. Thats backwards. Its called a tune-up for a reason!

Save a collar, pop a Wahoo

I used to ride this train of thought, but then 2007 happened. We played ECU, then got blown out by LSU, a game that we looked entirely unprepared for. They played Mississippi State before that game.

The thing about the first week of the season is that neither team has had their "tune-up", so they're on equal footing. All else equal, I feel that we might as well get it out of the way early.

Though, some seasons, such as this coming one when we're debuting a new starting QB, it's be nice to get the offense a game to get in sync. It all depends on the situation.

Students, GO TO EVERY GAME. This schedule really makes it easy. No @ BC or @ Da U. Skip class, go to Pitt during the week. Going to away games are fun.

Also, Joe is right about the Wake game. Easy trip. I love seeing Hokies taking over their stadium, and it's actually a pretty cool stadium.

Get cheap tickets on the hill. Wake fans will leave after the Hokies get a 3 pt lead, and then you can pretty much pick your seat for the last three quarters.

Agreed on all counts. We went to wake back in the day and had a blast.

I will be making the "trek" from Charlotte to this one.

I definitely would, but most of my friends aren't diehard hokie football fans, so they probably would not want to take the road trip.

Get new friends.

We put the K in Kwality

Thank god we have a bye before the first Thu game this time

Didn't realize LOLUVA opens against UCLA...good luck!

We put the K in Kwality

Since it's uva, they will have one early win against a decent/mediocre opponent, letting them spout nonsense for approximately three weeks afterwards, before being beaten back into silence.

Final uva predicted record: 1-11. We can only hope that one win is good enough to bring the Time Cop back for more.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

The UVA SB Nation site told Tech fans to stop retweeting it haha.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

And should we listen?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

I just retweeted it.

You sir, must like to live dangerously.

I retweeted as well.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

As did I.

Do something about it.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

THIS IS THE YEAR MY SPIDERS TAKE THEM DOWN. I can feel it.

In case others on TKP missed it but the FifthFuller just won the internet:

As of today, would uva be favored in one or two of their games? Because it ain't three.

why only 4 ND games? i thought there were supposed to be 5 every year? how did they get out of the 3rd home game?

I don't have to take this abuse from you, I've got hundreds of people dying to abuse me.

They bumped their 5th game with Syracuse (I think) to 2015 and will play 6 ACC Games that year.

@Fightin_Gobbler

Go Hokies

Go Falcons

Notre Dame is getting special treatment already. Not a fan.

That's Bogus!

They could have played us...They're scared...

Pain is Temporary
Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

Pretty Interesting seeing Notre Dame interspersed in the ACC Schedule.

Can't wait to see them on ours!

OOC games:
BC: @UMASS, vUSC-w, vMaine, vColoSt
Clem: @UGA, vStamford, vGaState, vUSC-e
FSU: Okie St (Dallas), Citadel, ND, UF ---- Great Schedule!
L'ville: Murray St, @FIU*, @ND, UK
NCSU: (some team with an eagle mascot I don't recognize), ODU, @USF, PC(?)
S'cuse: Nova, @CMU*, UMD, ND
Wake: @ULM*, (some team with bulldog mascot I don't recognize), @UtahSt*, Army

Duke: Elon, @Troy*, Kansas, Tulane -- Schedule for Success
GT: Wofford, @Tulane*, (NCSU's mystery Eagle opponent), @UGA
UM: FAMU, ArkSt, @Nebraska, Cinncy
UNC: Liberty, SDSU, @ECU, @ND
Pitt: Delaware, @FIU*, Iowa, Akron
uva: UCLA, Richmond, @BYU, Kent State -- Idiots!

*WTH, ACC brothers, what are you doing scheduling these road games? Pull your pants up.

Georgia Southern Logo

Mystery Eagle opponent is Georgia Southern. Would be much cooler if it was a true mystery opponent, pro wrestling style.

"MY GAWD - THAT'S GEORGE O'LEARY'S MUSIC!"

Eagle Mascot is Georgia Southern, Bulldog Mascot is Gardner-Webb, PC is Presbyterian College

It's a Miracle in Blacksburg...TYROD DID IT MIKEY!!! TYROD DID IT!!!

And as usual Dabo schedules two cupcakes.

How about ECU (every other year, pretty much), Marshall (2011), Western Michigan (2002), and UCF (2000)? Those are all teams that we have visited since our MNCG appearance. You'll have a tough time convincing me that any of them are much better than the teams you've asterisked. Yes, ECU and Marshall are annual bowl contenders. So are 2/3 of teams in FBS. Yes, UCF won a BCS bowl this year. That was only the 4th time in program FBS history that they reached 10 wins, and until this season they've been in C-USA, and it was only the 6th bowl in program history.

We also play @ODU in 2018. They are just now starting their 1st full season as an FBS member.

My point here is that times are changing, and fewer schools are willing to sacrifice the exposure that playing home games against these bigger teams can bring them. It makes sense, apparently enough to balance out whatever payments they would otherwise be getting: they get ticket sales and concessions in their home stadiums, they get to use their own TV contracts which can bring in more $$ with bigger matchups, and they get to bring in recruits to see them play these other teams, whereas I doubt they can bring them to away games. That's no longer something to look down upon, at least not nearly as much as it used to be.

I guess you have to look at tix sales and whether it pencils out to make that return trip or another home game with a guarantee. I can understand Wake, but NCSU has a big stadium that is usually full.

Regarding your 4 VT examples, WMU and UCF were quite literally another era. Those games were scheduled before the NC appearance. Louisville is probably playing out some of those pre-exposure contracts. Like you said, we've only done twice recently and both are in easy travel distance for our fan base. The oft-discussed ECU contract speaks for itself, but I think Beamer has always held a soft spot for Marshall due to his buddy Loria and the plane crash. Maybe some of these road trips are similar Athletic department relationships or recruiting oriented.

Or maybe it's the bottom crust of the conference taking what they can get.

WMU I could buy, being "another era". But yes, even though we may have scheduled the UCF game before the MNCG, they were fresh out of I-AA (what is now called FCS), having made the transition in 1996. They had never played in a bowl game (first one of those was in 2005).

My point is, either we scheduled an away game against a I-AA team as a "bottom tier" Big East team, or we scheduled an away game against a bottom tier I-A team as a Big East and Sugar Bowl champion who had already arrived on the national scene. Everyone schedules those kinds of games occasionally, and if you include ECU we've had more than our fair share of them.

Two Thursday night games and a game on Friday after Thanksgiving means tons of national exposure which can never hurt.

These people are losing their minds!

Assuming the team doesn't step on it's collective man-parts on national television.

Playing Georgia Tech on a Saturday? Seems like it's been ages.

Go Tech

Last time at home I believe was 2008 when GT was called for an (albeit bogus) personal foul on Tyrod to extend a game-winning drive. Long time ago.

It's a Miracle in Blacksburg...TYROD DID IT MIKEY!!! TYROD DID IT!!!

I wouldn't even know where to look it up, but i'd be willing to bet Tyrod is the all-time leader in yards off late hits.

it won us the @Nebraska game in 2008!

#Whitness

Wish we had more Saturday games in October - October in Blacksburg is perfect. But hey, 7 home games and a Thursday nighter are good things in my book.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Welp, guess I have to hate you guys until August 30th.

Roll Tribe.

Good for you.

I like the UVA game being on "Black Friday". It'd be fun to see the students maybe make a "Black Effect" shirt...wait that sounded racist...a "blackout" shirt...wait that's not approp...actually yeah, blackout on Black Friday works for me.

Blackout on Black Friday brought to you by Johnnie Walker Black Label, Frank Beamer's drink of choice.

EDIT: amended per Egbert's catch of my inaccuracy.

& bring back these jerseys for the game (my all-time favorite):

tyo

not a bad idea.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

I think we should get new black uniforms....with less orange and more maroon. Lose the stupid graphics. Always wondered how that would look.

@AMB4VT

Yep - agree with you on that idea. Maybe an all-black uni with maroon numbers and a black helment with a maroon VT with white trim. Cruhland.... calling Cruhland...

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Maroon wouldn't stand out enough for TV and the half blind ref's. Sorry to say but I think black will stay with orange highlights and numbers.

Or maybe all maroon uni and black numbers and helmets with maroon VT...just daydreaming here.
So bored at work...

@AMB4VT

You can never have too much maroon.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Proud to be the "decagreement" on this one... It was, and is badass.

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

Can we bring back Tyrod while we're at it?

Correy

JWB is scotch but, at least it's whisky.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

Got me there. I was thinking of my own favorite football-season beverage and my typing followed my own taste buds. Amending in a moment.

I like this. I like this a good bit. I'm also particularly glad that GT is not a Thursday night game too.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

VT-UVA on Black Friday!

**LANE STADIUM DOORBUSTER SALE**

Watch ONE quarter of UVA beatdown, get THREE FREE!

I'm pretty sure that if you were to look at the number of turkey legs per post, Hokie Wartooth would be crushing it.

#BEATBILLANDMARY

Heh heh... we didn't call her Mary back in the dizzay....

#BEATBILLANDTHEBITCH

Virginia Tech would walk right up to you and punch you in the neck. They're just tougher. Cowherd 3:16

My prediction: 15-0, Sam Rogers wins the Heisman after a monstrous 150 kill season.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

DO NOT APPROVE OF BLACKsburg FRIDAY HOME GAME! ... I approve of the rest, though.

Seriously, Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday in my family. If it isn't a night game, it's going to be very difficult for me to make it down to Blacksburg with time to tailgate.

I'll see y'all in Columbus, though.

You know you'll be there :)

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI

YESSSSSSSS Miami on a Thursday Night OMFGGG !!!! Any advice for an out of state Hokie planning a trip up for that game? Is Roanoke the closest airport for sure?

"I'm high on Juice and ready to stick it in!" Whit Babcock

Roanoke is the closest commercial airport, being 30-45 minutes away.. But, if it's going to break the bank, it might be worth flying into Charlotte (the closest airport with a decent size) and renting a car. That's a 2.5 hour drive.

Danke!! I will be planning the trip once tickets come out!!!

"I'm high on Juice and ready to stick it in!" Whit Babcock

You also may want to check Lynchburg. I live in Roanoke but recently have found Lynchburg is as much as $250 cheaper and its only 45 minutes away. Go figure.

Simple explanation: to get that rate you have to spend a night in Lynchburg. Ba-dum-bum.

We need to make home games matter again. Win 'em all.

Current Home Winning Streak: 0

Calling it now... VT @ Duke on November 15th will be a night game, which will essentially be an extra home night game for us. Yay!

To those who can make it, Duke hooks us up with ticket packages for that game. Last time the alumni association down here had $40 package deals that included Gen Admission tickets to the game, a reserved tailgating field with multiple tents next to Wallace Wade, all you can eat food, and oh, multiple kegs with no drink limits. Mind you, the tickets for the game alone are $35.

Was just looking at possibly going to the Duke game. It's only a 4 hour trip to Duke from Northern VA, could even make a trip to Richmond the night before to half the trip on the way down.

Few quick thoughts:

A bye week? Before Duke... What a waste. Thanks, ACC!

- Things we were actually saying one year ago.

FALL WEDDINGS ARE WRONG, STEVE

- Nothing inherently wrong with a fall wedding. The only problem arises when you pick a date before the ACC football schedule is released, thereby taking the risk that it'll interfere with Hokie football.

there is something inherently wrong with a fall wedding: it's in the fall!

I could agree that a Spring wedding might be as nice, but fall in Virginia is just awesome.

And you'll have a tough time selling me on a winter or summer wedding.

All weddings should happen in May, it's the dead period in sports.

Getting married on 5/30/15, because I'm smart.

You mean about the scheduling, right?

We put the K in Kwality

I am worried about the GT game...they might make fun of our songs and key jingling...and say mean things about our team...

VHokie

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

We will go to Charlotte this year undefeated. I don't know how but I feel it will be so.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

I weirdly have a good feeling about this season. I feel like whenever we are expected to suck we end up having an awesome year.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

I am predicting 9-3....but I am now jumping on your bandwagon.
12-0!!!

VHokie

Last week some people were calling our program a "dumpster fire"

I think they are wrong....
GO HOKIES!

VHokie

JOE

In regards to your comment to the ECU Game....I cant agree with you more.

MY ass hole of a Brother decided to get married on Sept. 20th (GA Tech Game). SERIOUSLY!?!

Trust me, I would of much rather it been the ECU game. I've crossing my fingers for the last 6 damn months that we would have a BYE...or a early road game...or any other game but GT, MIAMI OR UVA. #$#%#%$#@#!

What a little piece of crap. Im getting married this February because I refused to do a Fall wedding and my wife to be couldn't wait until the Spring. Freezing cold wedding it is.....thats how I roll.

Well little brother.....dont expect to have my full undivided attention on Sept. 20th.
checking scores

-Mr. 501

"If there is oxygen in your brain, you're not loud enough"

My wife and I attended a wedding in 2011 on the day of the Wake Forest game. I watched the entire game on my iPhone during dinner. With all the extra silverware and crap they put on the table I was able to make a stand.

I spent the entire time at my cousin's wedding watching the Pitt game. Didn't hide it either. Everybody there was a UGA fan so I kept them posted on the Mizzou game which they weren't too happy about. A dry wedding made better with a flask and the WatchESPN app.

Ha ha... This was so me at my uncle's wedding a year ago Nov., same day as the UVA game. Who does that? Priorities people!

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them." L Corso

Which game is homecoming?

No official word yet, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's Western Michigan. Homecoming is usually in early October, but we have no October home games until Thursday night against Miami 10/23 (my birthday, so the Hokies had better win!). Add to the fact that Western Michigan would be a traditional "soft" nonconference game and it spells Homecoming.

i live in north carolina so the fact i have an opportunity to make it to three away games is pretty sweet. i really have no major issues with the schedule, i love that miami is the thursday nighter. if we could only get rid of playing ecu every damn year....

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

If would would have had NC State, we could have had the chance to burn all 4 Tobacco Road teams

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

I enjoyed being an MV back in 2010 because we beat all four teams, and then as the band went back to the buses after the UNC game we were chanting "North Carolina state champions!"

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Really glad we open with a cup-pie....no wait that really doesn't work...shit. PIE.

$hit-pie might be a better term for William & Mary...

VHokie

UVA thought that in 2009, as did UNC in 2010, MD in 2012 and WVU last year. W&M had a really good defense last year that wore down due to injuries and had issues with mobile QBs but a terrible offense, which meant I watched the same team twice every Saturday in the fall and somehow didn't become addicted to hard drugs. You guys think watching one team win without a functional offense is tough?

I would rather swap Duke with GT so we can have the bye week to get ready for GT. But I like the schedule as a whole.

Thank goodness for a home Thursday night game!
Yes!

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI

Hurray for Thursday Night Games! Hokies always play well on Thursday and hopefully will give us the push to upset Miami

Beating Miami wouldn't be an upset.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

According to ESPN we should all bow down and worship the ground at Miami's feet. Remember it is supposed to be Miami and FSU every year in the ACC CG.

If our new QB hits the ground running we should be favored in every game except OSU.

My thoughts exactly .

The Way Too Early Top 25 has North Carolina as 17th ranked. We play them at UNC....depending on how the respective seasons are going, we may very well be the underdog in this game.

VHokie

.

This is fast becoming my standard response to TJ image macros.

I'm going to hell but, Danny Coale ran so fast he got chaffed...so bad it mad his Willie Byrn....(drops mike, and get's ass kicked back stage)

Hokie Joker

Glad to see the ACC Champ Game is already on our Schedule for December 6!
Giddyup!!!!!
#ReturntoCharlotte

I'm a man! I'm 41!
Hokie thru and thru.

Anyone know when tickets go on sale? I had to book my hotel room for the Thursday night game already because I didn't want to get stuck in Christiansburg, or worse. So I got the crappy Days Inn way down S Main without even having tickets secured. Anyone know?

Let's Go...

It will be several months before tickets will go on sale. Its after the season ticket renewals get mailed and processed before they release single game tickets. Check around mid-late June or early July for single game tickets.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

The Thursday night game is always the easiest ticket to get on gameday. I would wait till then.

Probably true but trekking down from Philly with a nonrefundable hotel room deposit I'm gunna try to make sure I secure them ahead of time

Let's Go...

Stubhub has some on sale but they're expensive for now like starting at 150 a pop for Miami game

"I'm high on Juice and ready to stick it in!" Whit Babcock

I generally order my season tickets next month.