Virginia Tech finally made the official announcement on Thursday that the
Hokies will be facing Boise State at FedEx Field during the 2010 season. The
game will take place on October 2.
The game is possible because Syracuse wanted out of their two-game series
with Virginia Tech. The Hokies and Orange were scheduled to meet in the Carrier
Dome in 2010 and in Lane Stadium in 2011. Instead of a road game, Tech will now
get a neutral site game against a better opponent, and location of the game
should give the Hokies an excellent homefield advantage.
Who will replace Syracuse on the 2011 schedule is still to be decided.
Boise State has been one of the most successful programs in the country in
recent history. The Broncos have gone 88-15 since 2001, and they’ve won the WAC
six times. They joined the WAC in 2001, and they’ve dominated that conference
The Broncos haven’t shied away from playing BCS conference teams.
State vs. BCS Conference Teams
at South Carolina
at Oregon State
at Oregon State
* designates bowl game
That’s a 5-8 overall record. There have been some blowout losses, but there
have also been some major wins. Three of their five wins came against teams that
finished the season with 10 or more victories. The five BCS opponents that Boise
State has defeated combined to finish the season with 45 wins and 22 losses.
The 2006 season was the high water mark for Boise State football. They
finished the season 13-0, which included a 43-42 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta
Bowl. They also defeated 10-4 Oregon State that season, and the Beavers went on
to knock off Southern Cal.
Boise State kept up their run of success against BCS opponents during the
2008 season. They defeated Oregon 37-32 on the road in one of the toughest
places to play in the country. The Ducks finished the season 10-3 and won the
Holiday Bowl against Oklahoma State.
The Broncos are projected to start just one senior in 2009, which means
they’ll be returning 21 of 22 starters when they meet the Hokies in 2010.