Virginia Tech announced some changes Tuesday to a pair of its future Big Ten series, while adding another home-and-home from that league to its schedule as well.
The Hokies will play Rutgers in 2023 and 2024. They will play at Rutgers on Sept. 16, 2023 and host the Scarlet Knights on Sept. 21, 2024.
Virginia Tech also moved its home-and-home with Penn State to 2020 and 2025, along with moving its home-and-home with Wisconsin to 2024 and 2025.
The Hokies will host the Nittany Lions on Sept. 12, 2020 and play at Penn State on Sept. 6, 2025. They will play at Wisconsin on Sept. 14, 2024 before hosting the Badgers on Sept. 13, 2025.
The addition of Virginia Tech's Nov. 2, 2019 trip to Notre Dame forced the move of both the Penn State and Wisconsin series, as the Hokies would have had just five home games in 2019.
"Our goal is to have at least six home games every year," Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a release. "So we needed to do some rearranging to make this happen, and both athletics departments at Wisconsin and Penn State were gracious enough to work with us."
The Hokies' games with Penn State were originally scheduled for Sept. 17, 2022 (in Blacksburg) and Sept. 16, 2023 (State College). Their games with Wisconsin were originally scheduled for Sept. 14, 2019 (in Madison) and Sept. 12, 2020 (in Blacksburg).
We now pause to applaud Virginia Tech here for its aggressive nonconference scheduling. In addition to these Big Ten games, the Hokies also have dates lined up with Ohio State (next season) and Michigan (2020-21). They play Tennessee in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway and West Virginia in 2017 in Landover, Maryland, and again in 2021-22.
They also play Purdue (2015, 2023) and East Carolina (2015-2020).
"I am very pleased with our future scheduling," Babcock said in the release. "Jim Weaver, Coach [Frank] Beamer and John Ballein were ahead of their time on advance scheduling and strength of schedule, which is so important in the new playoff structure. It's nice to be the recipient of their proactive efforts and our fans and players will ultimately be the beneficiaries. We want to be the best and play the best. We want to bring marquee games to Lane Stadium. This schedule sets up very nicely for us over the next decade. We may make some slight tweaks, but, in general, we are set for the next 10 years."
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