For the first time since 2001, Virginia Tech’s football schedule will not feature a Thursday night game in Lane Stadium.
The ACC released the full 2013 schedule Monday afternoon. The Hokies, who made a name for themselves on Thursday nights, have only one of those games this year — a Sept. 26 contest at Georgia Tech.
Unlike past seasons against the Yellow Jackets, Virginia Tech will not have a bye or any extended time in advance to prepare for Georgia Tech’s spread option offense.
The Hokies host Marshall on Sept. 21, just five days before the matchup in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets host North Carolina on that day.
“We will definitely want to spend some time during the preseason preparing for that game, particularly on defense,” Hokies head coach Frank Beamer said in a statement from the school.
It’s the fifth time since joining the ACC that Virginia Tech will play Georgia Tech on a Thursday night. (They met on Labor Day to open last season.) The Hokies have never had less than a week of preparation time leading up to the matchup.
It’s the first time since 2010 that Tech has had only one Thursday night game and only the second time since the school joined the ACC.
The Hokies will make two trips to Atlanta in the season’s first month. They open the season against two-time defending national champion Alabama in the Georgia Dome on Aug. 31.
Virginia Tech begins a three-game home stretch in October against North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Duke. The Hokies close with road games in three of their final four contests, traveling to Boston College and Miami in consecutive weeks to start November and closing with a game at Virginia.
Because of the timing of the schedule this year, all teams have two bye weeks. Virginia Tech has its byes on Oct. 19 and Nov. 23.
Here’s the full schedule:
- Aug. 31: vs. Alabama in Atlanta
- Sept. 7: vs. Western Carolina
- Sept. 14: at East Carolina
- Sept. 21: vs. Marshall
- Sept. 26: at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
- Oct. 5: vs. North Carolina
- Oct. 12: vs. Pittsburgh
- Oct. 26: vs. Duke
- Nov. 2: at Boston College
- Nov. 9: at Miami
- Nov. 16: vs. Maryland
- Nov. 30: at Virginia