Conference: Home --- Boston College Clemson, Miami, North Carolina; Road --- Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest
Nonconference: Home --- Appalachian State, Arkansas State; Road --- East Carolina, Marshall
Bye: Week 10
Don’t play: Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State
Must-see: Oct. 1 against Clemson in Blacksburg. After a not-so-daunting September, the Hokies (sans Tyrod Taylor) should get a bit of a test when the ever unpredictable Tigers come to town. It might not be until then before Virginia Tech fans really know what they have.
A favorable setup: The Hokies don't face Florida State or Maryland, two teams that should be have a better shot than anyone of reaching the ACC title game from the Atlantic Division. Plus, three of the first four conference games are at Lane Stadium. The schedule is fairly accommodating.
And not so much: Nothing. Seriously, the defending conference champions have a slate that is highly conducive to at least another 10-win season. All four conference road trips come against teams that had losing records last season (Georgia Tech was 6-7). There should be no complaints about the schedule out of Blacksburg. None.
The full schedule:
Sept. 3: Appalachian State
Sept. 10: at East Carolina
Sept. 17: Arkansas State
Sept. 24: at Marshall
Oct. 1: Clemson
Oct. 8: Miami
Oct. 15: at Wake Forest
Oct. 22: Boston College
Oct. 29: at Duke
Nov. 10: at Georgia Tech, ESPN, 8
Nov. 17: North Carolina, ESPN, 8
Nov. 26: at Virginia