The Hokies are less than three months from opening the 2015 College Football season at home on Labor Day night against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The excitement in Blacksburg has already been growing with most Hokie fans believing that they will have a chance to once again take down the Buckeyes, this time at home in front of what is sure to be a rowdy, capacity crowd at Lane Stadium.
Last season, Hokie Nation had to deal with four noon or 12:30 kickoffs out of five Saturday games. Hokie fans will be hoping that doesn’t happen this year, and will be happy to hear that they won’t have to deal with an early kickoff till at least October.
The ACC announced the game times for the Hokies’ first two games today. Unsurprisingly, kickoff for the Hokies’ season opener against defending national champion Ohio State will be at 8pm on ESPN. Meanwhile, the Hokies will face Furman at 3:30pm the following Saturday with the game slated to be shown on ESPN3.
It was previously known that the Hokies were going to face N.C. State at 8pm on Friday, October 9th and take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 12th.
There may have been some concern about the Furman game being an early kickoff, but it is not very surprising to see that kickoff at 3:30pm. This game is just like the William & Mary game last season that kicked off at 3:30pm. Of course, that game did end up being picked up by ESPNews, but do no expect this to be more than a ESPN3 and local cable provider game given that this game is during the second week of the season.
There is absolutely no surprise that the Ohio State game will be in primetime on Labor Day night as arguably the signature game of the weekend over Alabama-Wisconsin in Dallas and Auburn-Louisville in Atlanta.
If this game wasn’t on Labor Day night, it would be much more likely that College Gameday would consider coming to Blacksburg. However, you can’t rule out College Gameday coming on Saturday though that would be historic for them to arrive two days before the game they’re at.
However, it would not be surprising to see College Gameday show up in Blacksburg in some form on Labor Day leading up to the game along with a potential SportsCenter presence at Virginia Tech that day. For fans who will be watching the game at home, don’t be surprised if ESPN’s number 1 team of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calls the primetime showdown.
Folks, college football is less than three months away from returning to Blacksburg in what may be the biggest home opener that the Hokies have ever had hosting the defending national champions. The excitement is only going to exponentially grow this summer leading up to a game that Hokie fans hope will be one to remember.