The Schedule: What the team needs, and Black Friday thoughts

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It’s that time of year.  It’s time to complain about the football schedule!  Actually, I don’t mind the schedule this year, and in many ways I think it works to Virginia Tech’s advantage.  However, it’s not 100% ideal either.  Let’s talk about what’s good and what’s bad.

Though you might not like the 2014 schedule, I think it’s what the team needs.  Also, I like the idea of a Black Friday game – or games – with UVA.  We’ll discuss all of that and more.

The Chance to Close Strong

When I look at the back end of the schedule, I see an opportunity for Virginia Tech to close the season on a high note.

Thursday, Oct. 23 vs. Miami: Tech gets the Canes at home on a Thursday night.  The Hokies handled Miami on the road this past season.

Saturday, Nov. 1 vs. Boston College: BC gives Tech fits, for sure.  However, the game is in Blacksburg this year, and the Eagles are going to have trouble making up for the loss of Andre Williams.

Saturday, Nov. 15 at Duke: Tech has a bye before the Duke game.  Of course, they had a bye before the Duke game last year, too.  However, can the Blue Devils beat the Hokies two seasons in a row?

Saturday, Nov. 22 at Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have a new coach in Dave Clawson, so they are somewhat of an unknown.  Still, this is a game the Hokies will be favored to win.

Friday, Nov. 28 vs. UVA: Tech has won this meeting 10 times in a row.  The ESPN contract stipulates that the ACC must play three Friday night games per season, so I assume this is going to be a night game, though I could be wrong.  We’ll talk more about that later.  But until the Hoos prove they can beat the Hokies, you’ve got to pick VT in this game.

That’s an opportunity for a strong finish to the season.  I don’t think Tech will beat all of those teams, but I do think they have the ability to go 4-1.

A Tough Start

The Hokies are going to need to close strong, because I’m not convinced they’ll get off to a good start.  If you think Tech had no margin for error last season, then you haven’t seen anything yet.  Bud Foster will be breaking in almost an entirely