Virginia Tech and the "Techmo Bowl" return to Thursday night football in 2018.
ESPN introduced its Thursday night football package in 1991, and the Hokies are tops in appearances with 32 games under their belt. Tech is 23-9 (71.8%) in those games. Virginia Tech is undefeated on Thursday nights (6-0) against the Yellow Jackets.
|Date||Opponent||Location||Preseason Aggregate Rank|
|9/3/2018||at Florida State (Monday)||Tallahassee, FL||No. 18|
|9/8/2018||William & Mary||Blacksburg, VA|
|9/15/2018||East Carolina||Blacksburg, VA|
|9/22/2018||at Old Dominion||Norfolk, VA|
|9/29/2018||at Duke||Durham, NC|
|10/6/2018||Notre Dame||Blacksburg, VA||No. 16|
|10/13/2018||at North Carolina||Chapel Hill, NC|
|10/25/2018||Georgia Tech (Thursday)||Blacksburg, VA|
|11/3/2018||Boston College||Blacksburg, VA|
|11/10/2018||at Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA|
|11/17/2018||Miami||Blacksburg, VA||No. 8|
|11/23/2018||Virginia (Friday)||Blacksburg, VA|
|12/1/2018||ACC Championship Game||Charlotte, NC|
Justin Fuente echoed the tradition and importance of a Tech Thursday night home game prior to the Hokies' eventual 37-16 win over Miami in 2016.
"Through the wintertime and into the spring and summer, my conversations with boosters or fans or people in the community always centered around how excited they were that we had a Thursday night home game this year and how they were anxious to show it off," Fuente said during a teleconference. "It's obvious it's very important to people here. I'm excited to be a part of it. I have watched Virginia Tech play from my own living room many times through the years on Thursday nights, and I'm excited to get to be a part of it."
Tech did not host a Thursday night tilt in Lane Stadium during the 2015 or 2017 football seasons. Prior to that, the last time the Hokies did not participate in an ESPN Thursday night contest was 2001.
Again this season, Tech will play Virginia on Black Friday. It's the fourth time the Hokies and Hoos have clashed on Friday. Tech is 3-0 in such matchups.
Overall, this is a very winnable and favorable schedule for the Hokies. Tech hosts 7 home contests and plays 8 times in the Commonwealth. Road trips to Duke, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh are all drivable from the footprint of Hokie Nation; expect plenty of road fan support. The Thursday night game, is not Tech's best home matchup (Miami, not GT) increasing the possibility for more nighttime games in Lane. Traditional power Florida State under new head coach Willie Taggart does not benefit from a warm-up game before its matchup against Tech. Miami travels to Blacksburg in a cold weather month. The bye week falls in the middle of the season. Four of the five final games are in Lane Stadium.