A Look at Virginia Tech's Non-Conference Schedule

David PhillipsAnalyst IFebruary 14, 2009

The ACC officially released the 2009 football schedule. Virginia Tech opens with Alabama in the famed Georgia Dome in Atlanta, followed by three straight home games and then back-to-back Thursday night contests against two schools in North Carolina late in the season.

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Beamer and the Hokies will look to repeat as ACC Champions.

Virginia Tech's schedule is as follows:

Sept. 5 Alabama (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
Sept. 12 Marshall
Sept. 19 Nebraska
Sept. 26 Miami
Oct. 3 at Duke
Oct. 10 Boston College
Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 29 North Carolina (ESPN) Thurs. 7:30
Nov. 5 at East Carolina (ESPN) Thurs. 7:30
Nov. 14 at Maryland
Nov. 21 NC State
Nov. 28 at Virginia

Tech's non-conference schedule includes the opener at Alabama, Marshall, and Nebraska at home, as well as an unusual late season trip to Greenville to face East Carolina on Nov. 5.

Tech starts with Bama, which went undefeated until until the SEC Champ game against BCS National Champs Flordia and then lost to undefeated Utah in Sugar Bowl.

Game two is a Home opener in Lane Stadium against 4-8 Marshall; it should be a walk in  the park for Tyrod and the Hokies.

Game 3 is against Nebraska and it will be a difficult game as was last year. Tech should have the edge, having home field advantage. It went to the last minute at Nebraska last year. I give Tech the advantage in this one also.

Game 4 will be against ECU at Greenville on ESPN on a Thursday night. Last Year Tech lost to ECU at Carolina Panthers Stadium.

It should be another close one with Pingston becoming eligible for a fifth season and this should be ECU's best season, but I see Tech also winning this one. They can't afford to lose to a Conference USA team two years in a row.

Thats the preview of Tech's non-conference schedule. Also. notice NO FCS Division I-AA teams are in it; that's a big feat for Tech.

Currently the Hokies have three games that will be nationally televised. The opener against Alabama will be on ABC or ESPN, as well as back-to-back Thursday night games against North Carolina and East Carolina.

My prediction for Virginia Tech's 2009 Season is 10-2 and another ACC championship and another Orange Bowl appearance.