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For the first time in quite a while, there will be no "cupcake games" on the Hokies' schedule.
Virginia Tech has no games with football subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A) teams, a fact that Alabama, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State, and nearly every other ACC school cannot boast of.
The Hokies play out-of-conference games with Alabama, Marshall, Nebraska, and East Carolina, none of which will be pushovers.
They also must play North Carolina and Georiga Tech, two ACC schools that are rumored to be competitive this year.
This year, if the Hokies end up in a BCS bowl, they will have come by it by playing perhaps the most difficult schedule of any other NCAA team.