Virginia Tech’s 2007 football schedule will be very tough. Some fans will
call it the toughest schedule in Tech history, but that’s debatable. The Hokies
went through some rough times in Frank Beamer’s early years, and part of their
struggles came because they played very tough schedules. We’ll compare Tech’s
2007 schedule to those of some of Beamer’s early teams. We’ll also rank the
Hokies’ toughest games of 2007 from one through 12.
The Hokies were an independent early in Frank Beamer’s tenure. They weren’t
in a conference, so they didn’t have any revenue sharing and they weren’t part
of a television contract. They had to schedule games against some high profile
teams in order to make money. Unfortunately, that came back to haunt the Hokies
in the loss column.
In Frank Beamer’s first season as head coach in 1987, the Hokies finished
2-9. They faced teams such as Clemson, Virginia, Syracuse, South Carolina, West
Virginia and Miami. Two of those opponents, Miami and Syracuse, finished the
season undefeated. Clemson was a powerhouse at the time, and they finished 10-2.
Virginia had an 8-4 record that year, and West Virginia was talented, as usual.
South Carolina also went 8-4.
The next year, 1988, was no cupcake. Clemson (10-2), Southern Miss (10-2),
Syracuse (10-2), West Virginia (11-1), South Carolina (8-4), Virginia (7-4),
Louisville (8-3), and Florida State (11-1) were on the schedule. The first five
teams listed above made up five of the first six games on Tech’s schedule.
In 1989, Beamer had his first winning record at Tech, going 6-4-1. He did it
despite playing a tough schedule and with his program limited because of
probation under Bill Dooley’s watch. In 1989, Tech played Akron (6-4-1), South
Carolina (6-4-1), Clemson (10-2), West Virginia (8-3-1), Florida State (10-2),
Virginia (10-3) and NC State (7-5). The Hokies beat three teams with winning
records that year, including a win at #9 WVU.
In 1990, Tech finished 6-5. They faced Maryland (6-5-1), Florida State
(10-2), Temple (7-4), Southern Miss (8-4), NC State (7-5), Georgia Tech (11-0-1)
and Virginia (8-4). The Hokies won three of their last
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