The Washington Redskins have announced that the Virginia Tech-Boise State game originally scheduled for October 2 has been moved to Monday, September 6. The Hokies and Broncos will meet on Labor Day, with ESPN televising the game. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date.
This move has been rumored for the last few months. It was also rumored that the Hokies could face Georgia Tech on Labor Day, but now we finally know: Tech will face Boise State, one of the top football programs in the nation over the last decade.
Boise State is coming off a WAC Championship, an undefeated 14-0 season and a victory in the Fiesta Bowl over TCU. The Broncos finished the season ranked #4 in the country, and return 21 of 22 starters for the 2010 season. They are expected to be a preseason Top 5 team.
They are also no stranger to upsetting highly ranked teams. They have defeated Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in the past, and they’ve beaten Oregon each of the last two years.
Virginia Tech is also coming off a great season. The Hokies went 10-3, beat Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and finished the year ranked #10 in the country. With a high-powered offense returning for the 2010 season, Tech is expected to be ranked somewhere in the Top 10 when the preseason polls are released in August.
Playing a Monday night game means the Hokies will have a short week of preparation for their September 11 game, the home opener against 1-AA James Madison.