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February 25, 2013

VT, ACC Set 2013 Schedules

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There's a few changes, but also a few of the same things on Virginia Tech football's 2013 slate.

The Hokies and the ACC released their schedules Monday afternoon. Just like last season, Virginia Tech will host Duke and travel to Miami and Boston College. But unlike the past 11 seasons, it will not host a Thursday night game.

The 2013 campaign kicks off Aug. 31 against defending BCS national champion Alabama in the Chick-fil-a Kickoff game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and concludes with the annual in-state rivalry, Nov. 30 at Virginia.

In between, the Hokies will host six contests and go on the road for five others.

After playing the Crimson Tide, Virginia Tech will play three consecutive non-conference games, at home against Western Carolina (Sept. 7), at East Carolina (Sept. 14) and home against Marshall (Sept. 21).

It's a quick-turnaround for ACC play as just five days later, the Hokies travel to take on Georgia Tech Sept. 26 on ESPN. It's Virginia Tech's lone Thursday night game of the regular season, the first time it hasn't hosted such a contest since 2001.

The Hokies spend the month of October at Lane Stadium, hosting North Carolina Oct. 5, new ACC member Pittsburgh Oct. 12 and Duke Oct. 26. Virginia Tech's first bye week is Oct. 19.

Virginia Tech is then back on the road for two games, at Boston College Nov. 2 and at Miami Nov. 9. Senior Day and the final home game for the Hokies will be Nov. 16, before another bye week. The regular season concludes Nov. 30 at Virginia for the Commonwealth Cup.

"Opening up the season against defending national champion Alabama in Atlanta and finishing with rival Virginia at Charlottesville certainly make for an important beginning and end for our season," coach Frank Beamer said in a press release. "The biggest negative is playing a Thursday night game at Georgia Tech just five days after facing Marshall. We will definitely want to spend some time during the preseason preparing for that game, particularly on defense."

The Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game is Dec. 7 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Five of the 12 teams Virginia Tech will play this season played in bowl games last season: Alabama (BCS National Championship), East Carolina (New Orleans), Pittsburgh (Compass), Duke (Belk) and Georgia Tech (Sun). Miami was bowl eligible, but declined to play in a postseason contest due to ongoing NCAA and internal investigations, while North Carolina was ineligible for postseason play.

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