The ACC’s move to a nine-game conference football schedule forced Virginia Tech and Virginia to shed some non-league contests. The Hokies have finalized their moves; the Cavaliers have not.
Tech has postponed a 2014 date at East Carolina and dropped a 2015 home game against Akron (the contract was never signed), athletic director Jim Weaver said. That gives the Hokies three non-conference opponents in each of those seasons to complement nine ACC contests.
The ACC expands from eight to nine league games in 2013 when Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the conference. So here are Tech’s three outside opponents from 2013-16, as provided by Weaver:
2013: Alabama in Atlanta, Western Carolina and Marshall at home.
2014: William and Mary and Western Michigan at home, Ohio State on the road.
2015: Furman, Ohio State and East Carolina at home.
2016: Liberty and Wisconsin at home, ECU on the road.
Liberty is a recent addition and replaces Western Kentucky. The Flames and Hokies have never met.
Under former coach Danny Rocco, Liberty was 47-20 the past six seasons as a member of the Championship Subdivision’s Big South Conference. Rocco left during the offseason for the University of Richmond and was replaced by Turner Gill, a former Nebraska quarterback and Kansas head coach.
Liberty officials have made clear their ambition to upgrade to the Bowl Subdivision.
Meanwhile, Virginia executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver said he “is working through the details” of adjusting the Cavaliers’ 2013 and ’14 non-conference schedules, but that “given the sensitivity of the financial ramifications, nothing will be announced until the ink is dry.”
Next year, Virginia was to play VMI, Ball State and Texas-San Antonio at home, Penn State on the road. In 2014, the Cavaliers had UCLA, Richmond and Kent State at home, Texas-San Antonio on the road.
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