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Commonwealth Challenge
presented by Comcast
It's a century long rivalry that's filled with intensity, spirit and new emotion. The 'Hoos and the Hokies first faced off in an 1895 football game in Charlottesville, VA, but they kicked off far more than a football game that year. The two teams from two different backgrounds launched a great tradition of competitive play that has led to their being in the forefront of American collegiate athletics. The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech compete in what has become one of the most compelling series in the country, sparking the desire on the part of both schools to create a formal rivalry series.

Each year, the Hokies and the 'Hoos will compete in the Commonwealth Challenge, a points-based contest that will encompass twenty-one sports from each school. Comcast is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the rivalry series, and is looking forward to the great season.

One goal of the Commonwealth Challenge is to encourage a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two ACC members in all sports in which they compete. In addition to the exposure for football and basketball, increased attention will be placed on the Olympic sport competitions, encouraging attendance and generating support for these programs. The series will also work to promote good sportsmanship and build a sense of anticipation and excitement towards the culmination when the winning school is presented with the trophy.

Follow all of the action in the Commonwealth Challenge by getting in the game! Access our rivalry schedule and point standings through the rivalry link at hokiesports.com


Past Results:
2006-2007: Virginia Tech 8, Virginia 14 - Full Results
2005-2006: Virginia Tech 7.5, Virginia 14.5 - Full Results


Competition Guidelines and Points:
The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech will compete in twenty-one sports over the course of each academic year. Two points will be awarded for the head-to-head competitions in football and men's & women's basketball. The other eighteen sports will be worth one point each. Men's indoor and outdoor track as well as women's indoor and outdoor track will be combined and worth one point apiece. Twenty-two points are at stake in the rivalry series. In the event of a tie, the school that held the title the previous year will retain the trophy.

Points are awarded in a winner-take-all fashion, where as the school winning more head-to-head meetings or earning the higher ACC finish will receive all points for the given contest. If the head-to-head meetings are split, each school will receive one-half of the designated point total. Post-season (tournament) play will not be included in the head-to-head meetings and will not be considered when determining points. At the end of the spring season, the school with the most points wins the Commonwealth Challenge!

Event/CompetitionPointsComments
Football2Head-to-Head
Men's Basketball2Head-to-Head, one per game
Women's Basketball2Head-to-Head, one per game
Baseball1Three game series winner
Softball1Three game series winner
Volleyball1Head to Head
Wrestling1Dual meet or placing at ACC Champs
Women's Lacrosse1Head-to-Head
Men's Golf1ACC Championship placing
Women's Cross Country1ACC Championship placing
Men's Cross Country1ACC Championship placing
Men's Indoor Track0.5ACC Championship placing
Women's Indoor Track0.5ACC Championship placing
Men's Outdoor Track0.5ACC Championship placing
Women's Outdoor Track0.5ACC Championship placing
Men's Swimming & Diving1Dual meet or placing at ACC Champs
Women's Swimming & Diving1Dual meet or placing at ACC Champs
Men's Tennis1Head-to-Head
Women's Tennis1Head-to-Head
Men's Soccer1Head-to-Head
Women's Soccer1Head-to-Head
Total22 
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