Virginia Tech Football 2013 Schedule Analysis

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 Virginia Tech 2013 Football Schedule

Sat, Aug 31 at Alabama 05:30 PM
Sat, Sep 7 Western Carolina 01:30 PM
Sat, Sep 14 at  East Carolina 12:00 PM
Sat, Sep 21 Marshall TBA
Thu, Sep 26 at  Georgia Tech 07:30 PM
Sat, Oct 5 North Carolina TBA
Sat, Oct 12 Pittsburgh TBA
Sat, Oct 26 Duke TBA
Sat, Nov 2 at  Boston College TBA
Sat, Nov 9 at  Miami (FL) TBA
Sat, Nov 16 Maryland TBA
Sat, Nov 30 at  Virginia TBA

 

Virginia Tech Football 2013 Schedule Analysis

The Virginia Tech Hokies have been a perennial contender in a competitive ACC since the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer many years ago. The team has become known for playing a rugged, gritty brand of football that is fueled by excellent special-teams play and an unstoppable running game.

The 2013 college football schedules were recently released, and Virginia Tech fans have plenty of reasons to be excited. Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming schedule and some analysis of the most important games.

The 2013 campaign will begin with a bang on the evening of Saturday, August 31 when the Hokies square off against defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. The game will take place at a neutral site in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and will be broadcast to a national audience via ESPN.

Needless to say, this will be the biggest game of the college football kickoff weekend, and Virginia Tech will have to have their ducks in a row in order to knock off an Alabama squad that is highly confident and deep on talent. Alabama head coach Nick Sabin will breakdown Virginia Tech’s offense and defense from every angle, so the Hokies will have to play a full 60 minutes of nearly flawless football in order to attain victory. If they are able to begin the season by knocking off the defending champions, it will lay the initial foundation for a legitimate run at a BCS Bowl.

The competition will get much lighter in the following weeks as Virginia Tech takes on Western Carolina, East Carolina and Marshall. The first and last of these three games will take place at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, as will exactly half of the games on their 12 game schedule. It is actually very rare in the modern era for major college football programs to play exactly half their games on the road and half their games at home, but it is a clear demonstration of a confident school with a professional approach.

Many fans are already excited about the Thursday night showdown on September 26 between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the heart of Atlanta. These two teams are known for going at each other ferociously every season, and although both typically play a defense-oriented game, high point totals have been a regular occurrence in recent years. This game will be played off of only four days rest following the Marshall game.

The Hokies will play two more difficult games against North Carolina and Pittsburgh before they reach their first open date on Saturday, October 19. If they are indeed able to upset Alabama in Week 1, it could create a wave of momentum that propels them to a 7 – 0 beginning.

Things don’t get much easier down the stretch, and the Hokies will play a Duke Blue Devils squad that has been very feisty in recent years and is steadily becoming more talented. The first game in November will be against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium in Massachusetts, which will be followed the next weekend by a difficult road game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. The Hokies will then return to Lane Stadium for their final home game of the year against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, November 16.

All four of these matchups are going to be very challenging, and it is quite conceivable that Virginia Tech will have incurred a loss or two by this point in time. The schedule makers gifted them with a second open week in late November, allowing them time to prepare for the annual rivalry against the Virginia Cavaliers on the afternoon of November 30.

Confident fans have also circled Saturday, December 7 on their calendars, which will be the date of the ACC Championship Game. The season will likely come down to whether or not Virginia Tech can take care of business against ACC Coastal rivals North Carolina, Miami and Georgia Tech. If they’re able to win all three of those games, they will likely be a cinch for the ACC Championship, where they could face a fellow perennial college football powerhouse such as Florida State or Clemson.

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