Four New Non-Conference Foes Await Virginia Tech In 2013

By Steve LeMaster

The Virginia Tech Hokies still have bowl hopes for the 2012 season. Virginia Tech fans, however, can’t help but look ahead to future seasons.

The Hokies will have the tough task of facing the Alabama Crimson Tide in one of four non-conference games. Virginia Tech and Alabama will hook up in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 31, 2013 in a season-opener. In all, four non-conference opponents will help fill out Virginia Tech’s 2013 schedule.

Reigning national champion Alabama is once again on pace to contend for another title. Virginia Tech’s other three non-conference foes during the 2013 season won’t be though. The Hokies will also hook up with the Western Carolina Catamounts, East Carolina Pirates and Marshall Thundering Herd next season.

Last week, Virginia Tech and East Carolina announced the re-activation of their current football contract that runs through the 2015 football season plus an addition of five games to the series. The two teams will also square off in seasons 2014-2020.

Virginia Tech’s eight conference opponents for next season will be announced by the ACC later, after the league includes a pair of newcomers in its latest round of scheduling. The Syracuse Orangemen and Pittsburgh Panthers are poised to join the ACC.

Virginia Tech, which is looking to finish a roller coaster season with wins over Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, split in a quartet of matchups against four non-conference foes earlier in the season. The Hokies notched wins over the Austin Peay Governors and Bowling Green Falcons but dropped games to Pittsburgh and the Cincinnati Bearcats. Virginia Tech is 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the unpredictable ACC.

The Virginia Tech football program has never been one to shy away from tough competition. Looking even further ahead, Virginia Tech will visit the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2014 then host the Big Ten Conference juggernaut one year later.

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