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The ACC has released the 2015 football schedule and the Hokies have another Friday night game.

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Thursday morning the ACC released the Hokies 2015 football schedule, which includes a Labor Day night matchup against Ohio State, a Friday night tilt against renewed rival NC State and a Thursday night showdown at Georgia Tech, all of which will be nationally televised games.

Spring Game

April 25, 2015

2pm

Lane Stadium

Ohio State

September 7, 2015

TBA

Lane Stadium

Furman

September 12, 2015

TBA

Lane Stadium

At Purdue

September 19, 2015

TBA

West Lafayette, IN

At East Carolina

September 26, 2015

TBA

Greenville, NC

Pittsburgh

October 3, 2015

TBA

Lane Stadium

NC State

October 9, 2015

TBA

Lane Stadium

At Miami

October 17, 2015

TBA

Miami Gardens, FL

Duke

October 24, 2015

TBA

Lane Stadium

At Boston College

October 31, 2015

TBA

Chestnut Hills, Mass

At Georgia Tech

November 12, 2015

TBA

Atlanta, GA

North Carolina

November 21, 2015

TBA

Lane Stadium

At Virginia

November 28, 2015

TBA

Charlottesville, VA

Analysis:

Opening against the defending National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes is by far the marquee matchup on this schedule. Both teams will have something to prove and the national will be watching. For me this is a tough game to open with because Urban Meyer has just as much time as Frank Beamer does to prepare his team and believe me when I say Ohio State wants to make this thing a blow out. If the Hokies can be in the game in the 4th quarter it could get interesting.

The rest of the non-conference schedule is rather vanilla with a home game against FCS Furman and a road trip to Purdue, but then the Hokies travel to East Carolina to end the non-conference stand. That game will be the real measuring stick (go ahead and lash out at me) because East Carolina has the speed and athleticism to compete with VT. Now, I think the Hokies will take care of business since East Carolina has lost record setting QB Shane Carden and their offensive coordinator.

Once ACC play gets going the Hokies will need to strap up and get to work because the goal for next season, as I see it, is to get back to Charlotte for the ACC Championship.

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The season finishes up in November with a road trip to hated-rival Georgia Tech for a Thursday night tilt, following a bye week. Then a home game against UNC, which I am really excited about because UNC has upgraded their staff (considerably for ACC teams) and I would like nothing more than to beat the hell out of the Tar Heels. Then, finally, the Hokies make the trek to Hooville for a post-Thanksgiving showdown against Mike London's Cavaliers. Hopefully, this will be the last meeting between VT and Mike London, but you never know what that University will do.

Wrap-Up:

For the second time in three seasons Virginia Tech will not play a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium. Surely, many fans will be upset since the Hokies have become accustomed to hosting these games, but GobblerCountry doesn't see this as necessarily a bad thing. Last season there was a lot of hype around the Thursday night game against Miami and frankly the Hokies froze in a packed house on national television.

There is a sense of urgency around this program and I think that with VT's young roster a little under the radar mentality is needed. This team will have to fight to win all of the games on their schedule and that is okay because that was when VT football is at its best, when Hokies football teams played with a chip on their shoulders.

Go Hokies