Virginia Tech completed its non-conference schedule for the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the addition of a home-and-home series against Middle Tennessee. The series, announced today, helps fill a void in Virginia Tech’s schedule that was created with the loss of a series to be played against Michigan that was canceled earlier this year.
Virginia Tech will make a road trip to Middle Tennessee in the first game of the home-and-home deal on September 19, 2020. The Hokies will host the Blue Raiders the following season on September 11, 2021. The 2020 road game for Virginia Tech will come a week after hosting Penn State. The 2021 home game will be played a week before visiting West Virginia. The games against Penn State and West Virginia satisfy Virginia Tech’s non-conference scheduling requirement to include at least one power conference opponent.
The home-and-home series is a nice asset for Middle Tennessee as well. The school announced Virginia Tech will be the fifth ACC program to visit Middle Tennessee. Other ACC members to play in Murfreesboro include Maryland (now in the Big Ten), Virginia, and Georgia Tech. Duke is scheduled to make a visit in 2019.
The addition of Virginia Tech to the Middle Tennessee schedule required a change in the schedule for Middle Tennessee. A game against Liberty in 2020 was bumped back to October 3, 2026.
Michigan previously agreed to pay Virginia Tech $375,000 to cancel the home-and-home series. Michigan filled the vacancies with games against Washington (which was rescheduled) and Arkansas State.