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The Virginia Tech-Penn State football game appears to be almost officially off this season with the Big 10 announcing earlier today that all fall sports will have conference-only schedules, confirming earlier reports from The Athletic and ESPN.
The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a conference-only football schedule for this fall, a person with direct knowledge situation tells @TheAthleticCFB.— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) July 9, 2020
Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season:https://t.co/KLjc4mA47h— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) July 9, 2020
The home-and-home entering this offseason was VT-PSU in Blacksburg in 2020 with a trip to State College in 2025.
Rescheduling this game may require some flexibility and creativity for this to happen in the next few years with Penn State's non-conference schedule being full through 2029 and VT's being full through 2030.
One possibility could be moving this game to 2026 with Penn State not currently having a Power 5 opponent on the schedule that year. Tech could do this by moving their home game against BYU to 2031 which would line up better with the trip to Provo in 2030.
Additionally, it's possible that the Hokies and Penn State look to put this game on a sooner schedule with 2022 being the one year where Tech doesn't currently have 2 Power 5 opponents. The challenge there would be the fact that Penn State already has one non-conference Power 5 game scheduled at Auburn that year.
We will have more as this story develops.