Favorable Schedule Sets Virginia Tech Up For Success In 2018

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Virginia Tech’s 2018 schedule is about as favorable as it gets. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

There is very little to complain about with this season’s schedule.  I don’t like opening with Florida State, because throughout history the Hokies have done poorly in big games early in the season.  I also wish the Hokies weren’t on the road against Duke and Pitt the week before they host Notre Dame and Miami, respectively. 

But on the whole, this schedule is very favorable to Virginia Tech.  They play a total of seven home games, their travel time is reduced drastically compared to last season, they have extra time to prepare for Georgia Tech, they get Notre Dame in Lane Stadium, Georgia Tech and Miami come to Blacksburg, and they have a chance to close strong with four of their final five games at home.

Could I have drawn it up better?  Sure.  But I’m a biased Tech fan.  Realistically, this is just about the best schedule that you could hope for.  I’ll start out with the FSU game, which I don’t like, and then get into the many positives.

Opening With Florida State

I’ll be honest, I don’t like this game.  Outside of last year’s win against West Virginia, the Hokies have never played well in these early season big games, and they’ve also never gotten particularly good results against Florida State.  This