Virginia Tech Football Future Scheduling, Part 2: The Big Ten

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Virginia Tech fans showed up in force for the October 2018 game against Notre Dame, but high-profile out of conference home games are hard to come by. (Ivan Morozov)

Last week I wrote an article detailing how scheduling an SEC opponent for the near future would be somewhere between very difficult and impossible.  However, there’s another conference that could be even more difficult: the Big Ten.

Unlike the SEC and ACC, the Big Ten plays nine conference games.  That’s one fewer non-conference game for each team, and it also lessens the likelihood that Big Ten teams are willing to play more than one non-conference Power 5 team.  This article is going to be pretty short, and I’ll sum it up before we really get started: it would be very difficult to add any Big Ten teams to Virginia Tech’s schedule over the next five or six years.

Remember, we’re assuming that East Carolina eventually opts out of games in Blacksburg in 2022 and 2024.  Here is the future schedules graphic…