ACC Releases 2005 Football Slate
Hokies open with two road games, play consecutive Thursday night contests

With the construction of the west side of Lane Stadium projected for late summer finish, the league gave workers a little extra time with two away games for the Hokies to open the season, at N.C. State and at Duke University. The Hokies last opened the season with two road games in 1996, traveling to Akron and Boston College. Tech's home opener will be on Sept. 17, when the Hokies host Georgia Tech. On Sept. 24, former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich brings his Ohio University Bobcats into Blacksburg.

Tech will make consecutive appearances on ESPN's Thursday night broadcast, where it is 10-1 all-time. Tech will travel to the University of Maryland on Oct. 20, then host Boston College seven days later. Conference home games include Boston College, the University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech and the University of Miami, while non-conference opponents Ohio and Marshall come visiting. Tech will travel to North Carolina State, Maryland, Duke and the University of Virginia for league contests and West Virginia University for a non-conference game.

In its first season in the ACC, the Hokies went 10-3 overall, winning the league title and representing the conference in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. This season, the league will break into two separate divisions - the Atlantic (Maryland, Clemson, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Boston College and Florida State) and Coastal (Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Miami and Tech) - with the two division winners meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 3 for the first ACC Championship game.

Times for most games will be made available as the season gets closer.