2011 Football Schedule Thoughts

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Virginia Tech released their 2011 football schedule on Monday, but it hasn’t
received much attention thanks to the additions of Shane Beamer and Cornell
Brown to the coaching staff. The general consensus is that it’s a good schedule,
however, and the Hokies have a chance to win a lot of games, as usual.

September is Back to “Normal”

Football Schedule
Date Team
Sat., Sept. 3 Appalachian State
Sat., Sept. 10 at East Carolina
Sat., Sept. 17 Arkansas State
Sat., Sept. 24 at Marshall

For the first time in a decade, Virginia Tech’s 2011 football schedule begins
with four non-conference opponents that the Hokies outmatch from a talent
perspective. That’s a big change from September schedules that have featured
Boise State (2010), Alabama (2009), Nebraska (2009), LSU (2007 and 2002), USC
(2004), and Texas A&M (2003 and 2002).

The Hokies have played ACC opponents every September since entering the
league in 2004, but not this season.

This schedule is more like the 2001 schedule, which featured UConn, Western
Michigan, Rutgers and Central Florida in September. After all the unsuccessful
games against high-profile teams over the last few years, I think this is the
right decision. We’ve heard that ESPN wanted Tech to take on TCU on Labor Day,
but the Hokies declined. Smart move.

The September schedule begins with a home game against Appalachian State on
September 3, and then the Hokies travel to East Carolina the next week. They
return home to host Arkansas State on September 17, before finishing the month
at Marshall.

Virginia Tech should beat all four of those teams. They should
be 4-0 at the end of the September, and probably ranked in the top 10. That