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No Thursday games for Virginia Tech football in 2017

No Thursday games for Virginia Tech football in 2017

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Virginia Tech and Virginia’s annual year-end football game is moving to Black Friday for the second time in four years.

The ACC released the full 2017 football schedule Tuesday afternoon, and the Hokies and Cavaliers’ matchup in Charlottesville will be played Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, at a time to be determined.

Tech and UVa have twice before played the day after Thanksgiving, the last coming in 2014 when the Hokies won 24-20 in Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech’s slate doesn’t feature any Thursday night games for the first time since 2001, but is highlighted by a late September game in Lane Stadium against national champion Clemson.

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock indicated that the school did not specifically request no Thursday games this year but rather placed a higher emphasis on having Saturday home games in October. The Hokies didn’t have a single Saturday home game in October last year. They have two in 2017.

There was a brief possibility that the West Virginia opener could have been moved to Thursday, but it remained on a Saturday too.

Virginia, meanwhile, has a marquee nonconference game at Boise State on Sept. 23 and travels to play Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson on Nov. 11.

The nonconference portion of the Hokies’ schedule had been set for a while, with every game taking place in the first month of the season. Virginia Tech opens at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, against West Virginia on Sept. 2, renewing a rivalry that hasn’t been played since 2005.

The Hokies open at Lane Stadium on Sept. 9 against Delaware. Tech goes on the road for the first time to East Carolina on Sept. 16 before closing the nonconference slate at home with its first game against Old Dominion on Sept. 23.

The Hokies open up ACC play in a big way, welcoming national champion Clemson to Lane Stadium on Sept. 30. It’s the first time the teams have met in Blacksburg since 2011. Clemson has won the last four meetings, including a 42-35 win in last year’s ACC championship game in Orlando, Florida.

Tech’s first ACC road game is at Boston College on Oct. 7, followed by an open week Oct. 14. The Hokies are back in action at home Oct. 21 against North Carolina and Oct. 28 against Duke.

Three of the Hokies’ final four games are on the road, starting at Miami on Nov. 4 and at Georgia Tech on Nov. 11. Virginia Tech hosts Pitt on Nov. 18 before a short week and the Black Friday game at Virginia on Nov. 24.

It’s the third time since 2013 that the Hokies haven’t had a Thursday night home game, a staple in Blacksburg over the years.

Virginia, which has seven home games in 2017, begins its season with three straight home games against William and Mary (Sept. 2), Indiana (Sept. 9) and Connecticut (Sept. 16) before heading to the blue turf in Boise to play the Broncos to close out the nonconference schedule.

After an early open week, the Cavaliers begin ACC play at home against Duke on Oct. 7 and on the road against North Carolina on Oct. 14.

Boston College rotates onto the schedule for the first time since 2010, coming to Charlottesville for an Oct. 21 game.

The Cavaliers finish with a tough stretch against five teams that all won at least eight games last year: at Pittsburgh (Oct. 28), vs. Georgia Tech (Nov. 4), at Louisville (Nov. 11), at Miami (Nov. 18) and vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 24).

“We are excited to once again have seven home games at Scott Stadium,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a news released sent out by UVa. “The ACC is one of the nation’s top football conferences. We understand the challenge that presents and our team is dedicated and focused on improving in all areas.”

Kickoff times for the first few weeks of the season will be released in the spring or summer. Other kickoff times are generally announced two weeks before the game.

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