After opening 2013 with a neutral field showdown against No. 1 Alabama, Virginia Tech will open the following season with FCS opponent William & Mary. That might seem a letdown to some Hokie fans—the ones who prefer their season to start off with a bang—but if they're patient, 2015 could again provide that excitement.
According to a tweet from VT radio show Tech Talk Live, the 2015 season opener against Ohio State won't just be a blue-chip, Week 1 tilt; it will be a blue-chip, Week 1 tilt on Monday night:
"In 2015, Tech and Ohio State in Lane Stadium will be Monday Night Football, per Jim Weaver."
Unlike the Alabama game (and many marquee opening week contests), the Ohio State game won't be played on a neutral field. Instead, the Hokies will welcome the Buckeyes to Lane Stadium in Blacksburg—a venue that is always rocking but should resemble an airplane hangar for a Monday night season opener.
That game will be the second of a home-and-home series with Ohio State, which will host Virginia Tech in Week 4 of the 2014 season. That game, the Hokies' third of next season, will be the first all-time meeting between the two historic programs.
But something about Week 4—when compared to Week 1—loses its cache. It's prolonging the excitement, allowing two games for injuries or fatigue or anything else to happen.
Both teams should (hopefully) still be undefeated, but there's something special about Week 1, where every team still has delusions of season-long grandeur.
When the Buckeyes travel to Blacksburg, both teams' slates will be totally wiped clean.