It's official: Va. Tech-Boise State game on Sept. 6
UPDATED: 5:25 p.m. | After months of rumors in the news media and behind-the-scenes conversation among some of the parties involved, the meeting between Virginia Tech and Boise State at FedEx Field has been moved to Labor Day 2010.
The anticipated match up between the Hokies and Broncos was originally scheduled to be played on Oct. 2. The announcement that the game would be moved was made official on Tuesday on the Washington Redskins' Web site.
ESPN, which will televise the game, had been looking to move the game to Sept. 6 but needed to make adjustments to other teams' schedules. The Virginia Tech-Boise State match up was brokered by Dave Brown, a vice president for program acquisitions at ESPN, who helps orchestrate attractive games for television at a time when universities often schedule more home games to make money and athletic directors and coaches are hesitant to play strong nonconference opponents.
"Like any other sets of moves, when you move a couple of games around, it takes a little bit of work to do it," Brown said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "You have to make sure it works for everybody."
The meeting between the Hokies and the Broncos, which was announced last summer, was initially scheduled to be played at the Redskins' stadium on Oct. 2.
But Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said was approached by ESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference about moving the game to Labor Day. Weaver said on a radio show in the fall that the game had been moved to Sept. 6, but Boise State had not yet agreed to the move.
After Boise State's win over Texas Christian in the Fiesta Bowl in January, word start to spread that ESPN was still pushing for Hokies-Broncos game to be played on Labor Day. An ESPN spokesman said recently that the network was trying to readjust schedules for a number of teams affected by any possible switch, fitting the pieces together "like a puzzle."
As a result of the Boise State game being moved, Central Michigan's trip to Blacksburg has been bumped back to Oct. 9. Central Michigan was supposed to play at Virginia Tech on Sept. 4. The ACC schedule is to be released on Thursday.
Boise State also had to make a change to its schedule. The Broncos' meeting with Toledo, which was initially scheduled for Sept. 11, was pushed back to Oct. 9 in order to accommodate their meeting with Virginia Tech.
Now, with Virginia Tech and Boise State meeting in college football's opening weekend, there is sure to be plenty of preseason chatter about the game, as it is one of the marquee nonconference meetings of the 2010 football season. Brown also said that the television ratings on Labor Day weekend are traditionally very strong, meaning even more exposure for both programs.
"I'd feel comfortable predicting both teams will be in the top 10, and it made a lot of sense for a lot of people," Brown said of why the Hokies-Broncos game was moved. "We got great feedback from them that they would like to do a season opener from the nation's capital. A lot of things fell into place, and we were able to finish up those discussions this week."
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