Virginia Tech-Wisconsin Football Series Postponed to 2031-2032

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomasTLP | Jul 29, 2019
One of the biggest stories nationally in college football today was the announcement that Alabama and Wisconsin would play a home-and-home series in 2024 and 2025. However, that news meant that Virginia Tech's home-and-home series with Wisconsin would also be rescheduled. This news means that the Hokies have two openings on their 2025 schedules and one on their 2024 schedule though the number of openings on their 2024 schedule is expected to grow to 2 once East Carolina backs out of their trips to Blacksburg in 2020, 2022, and 2024. As noted on Twitter, this is the third time that the home-and-home between Wisconsin and Virginia Tech has been pushed back for whatever reason. It's simply incredible at this point that this home-and-home series has been postponed three times without a cancellation though it still remains to be seen if these two programs will actually end up playing each other in over a decade. The opening does mean that Virginia Tech only has one Power 5 team on the schedule in 2024 and 2025, making the addition of a new Power 5 home-and-home series very likely to fill the gap left in 2024 and 2025. Given that VT hosts in Rutgers in 2024 and travels to Penn State in 2025, the Hokies would be looking for a team that likely would host the Hokies in 2024 and travel to Blacksburg in 2025. Andy Bitter of The Athletic seemed to suggest that the Hokies have been working on a replacement for Wisconsin in 2024 and 2025 along with the potential that "an announcement isn't too far off." There are some intriguing possibilities for the Hokies that could be under consideration and would fit well on the schedule. South Carolina, Florida, and Michigan State are among the schools that only have one Power 5 non-conference opponent and would likely be comfortable with an arrangement that included a home game in 2024 and a trip to Blacksburg in 2025. Kentucky also currently lacks a Power 5 non-conference opponent and would provide a good regional trip for both fan bases. Virginia Tech has proven a willingness as well to schedule high-level programs far away from Blacksburg for home-and-homes under Whit Babcock including Arizona and BYU. However, it would be surprising if that happened to fill this gap though it should not be ruled out entirely given that history.

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