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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 02/14/2011

ACC announces Virginia Tech football's 2011 schedule

By Mark Giannotto

Some have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of next year's football schedule in order to make travel plans for the 2011 season. So without further adieu, here's a rundown of Virginia Tech's schedule, as announced Monday afternoon by the ACC:

Sept. 3 vs. Appalachian State
Sept. 10 at East Carolina
Sept. 17 vs. Arkansas State
Sept. 24 at Marshall
Oct. 1 vs. Clemson
Oct. 8 vs. Miami
Oct. 15 at Wake Forest
Oct. 22 vs. Boston College
Oct. 29 at Duke
Nov. 10 at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
Nov. 17 vs. North Carolina (Thursday)
Nov. 26 at Virginia

A few things to take note of now that the schedule has been officially released:

1) The past two seasons Virginia Tech opened its schedule with high profile matchups against Alabama and Boise State at neutral sites. In 2011, the Hokies take the more traditional route and face Appalachian State at Lane Stadium -- although we all remember what happened last time Hokies fans penciled in a home win over a I-AA opponent.

2) Perhaps more importantly, with Virginia Tech likely breaking in new quarterback Logan Thomas, the early season schedule is much easier than in previous seasons. The combined record of the Hokies' non conference foes last year (Appalachian State, East Carolina, Marshall and Arkansas State) was 25-25.

3) If we're going on last year's records, the entire schedule in general is quite soft. Just four teams -- Appalachian State, Miami, Boston College and North Carolina -- finished the 2010-11 season with a winning record.

4) For a second consecutive season, Virginia Tech decided to schedule its open date before it faced the option-based offense of Georgia Tech in a Thursday night game. This year, though, the game takes place in Atlanta and will be followed the next week with another Thursday night affair against North Carolina at Lane Stadium. It seems weird that ESPN would want this, but I doubt many Hokies fans will be complaining.

By Mark Giannotto  | February 14, 2011; 2:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

Good gosh almighty, is this a ridiculously easy schedule? I can hear all those SEC yahoos after the Hokies run the table---But who did VT play? VT would lose 3 games in our league, etc.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | February 14, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Since 2005-2006 Tech has played two consecutive Thursdays four out of six years.

I think the schedule makes sense with a new quarterback. After 2011 they have home-and-home games against Piitsburgh(2012), Ohio State(2014), and Wisconsin (2016).

Posted by: Iceman_63 | February 14, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

ACC will be much tougher this year. Miami and Clemson will bounce back and UNC may finally live up to the Butch Davis hype. If we make it through this schedule without a loss and beat FSU in the ACC Championship Game(again), no one will be able to talk bad about the Hokies.

Though I got a feeling with a new QB and the loss of Evans and Williams it's gonna be a lot tougher to run the table in the ACC.

Posted by: LAHokie22 | February 14, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

This is a softer non-conference schedule, but like others have said, it's a tougher in-conference schedule.

Clemson and North Carolina should be significantly better this year.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 15, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

It is very possible that they could go undefeated with this schedule (depending on how many players are returning to UNC) with the distinct possibility of another embarrassing blowout in a bowl. UGH.

Posted by: charley42 | February 15, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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