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Virginia Tech eyeing new neutral site game for 2025 in place of Penn State series

Virginia Tech eyeing new neutral site game for 2025 in place of Penn State series

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Virginia Tech student trainers dance at the team enters the field at the start of the Virginia - Virginia Tech NCAA college football game in Blacksburg on Saturday.

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock had some scheduling news on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Tech to cancel its game against Penn State this year. The team’s were scheduled to play at Lane Stadium on Sept. 12 as part of a home-and-home series with the Hokies visiting PSU in 2025.

According to Babcock, that game will likely be canceled as well.

“I gotta make sure everything’s signed and all of that, but I do not believe we will return the game to Penn State since they didn’t come here,” Babcock said.

Babcock told The Roanoke Times after the press conference the teams “will try again” in scheduling a home-and-home, but that might not be for a while with Tech having scheduled a full slate of non-conference opponents through 2030 and multiple high-profile series after that.

While nothing is official, Babcock said the plan is for Tech to play an unspecified opponent in a neutral site game in 2025 to replace the PSU game.

“We do have a game scheduled, neutral site, in place of that that y’all will really like,” Babcock said.

Babcock also said Tech will make up the canceled game against Middle Tennessee sometime in the future to fulfill the contract the teams signed in 2018. The Hokies are still planning on hosting Middle Tennessee on Sept. 11 next year at Lane Stadium.

Tech’s 2021 non-conference schedule also includes home games against Richmond and Notre Dame as well as a trip to West Virginia.

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