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After it was revealed recently that the ACC was going to a 10+1 schedule model for the 2020 season, Virginia Tech and the rest of the conference received their formal scheduled as announced on the ACC Network this morning.
The new schedule is headlined by Virginia Tech ending the season against Clemson with a bye before that game along with Virginia Tech hosting rival Virginia on September 19th rather than the traditional weekend after Thanksgiving. This is the first time that the VT-UVA rivalry hasn't been played in November since 1999 and the earliest it has been played since VT and UVA played on September 16th during the 1972 season.
Tech will have two byes on its schedule during the weeks of September 26th and November 28th with Tech playing eight-straight games in October and November. The Hokies also have no non-Saturday games this upcoming season. Liberty will be Tech's non-conference opponent which isn't a surprise given their proximity to Blacksburg and that they were the lone remaining FBS team that was still scheduled to travel to VT this season after the Big 10 went to all conference games.
Three of Virginia Tech's games remained in the previously scheduled dates: at North Carolina (10/10), at Louisville (10/31), and vs. Miami (11/14).
Virginia Tech will only face one team coming off a bye when they play Duke after their own first bye. Miami will also have an extra day of prep as they face N.C. State on Friday, November 6th before travelling to Blacksburg for their November 14th game against the Hokies along with UVA facing VMI on Friday, September 11th the week prior to facing VT on September 19th.
In this regard, Virginia Tech has gotten an extremely favorable draw with a bye before their toughest games and basically no one getting to have more prep than the Hokies receive as currently scheduled.
Another boost to Tech's schedule is the fact that they will not play a weekday game this season. On top of that, Tech will face Liberty rather than a road trip to Pittsburgh as previously scheduled after their longest trip of the season to an underrated Louisville team.
Here's a rundown of the schedule and dates for the 2020 season.
- September 12th: vs. N.C. State
- September 19th: vs. Virginia
- October 3rd: at Duke
- October 10th: at North Carolina
- October 17th: vs. Boston College
- October 24th: at Wake Forest
- October 31st: at Louisville
- November 7th: vs. Liberty
- November 14th: vs. Miami
- November 21st: at Pittsburgh
- December 5th: vs. Clemson
We will have more as this story develops.