ACC Releases 2006 Football Slate
Hokies to play eight home games, pair of Thursday night contests
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2006 football schedule Wednesday, and for the first time since 2002, Virginia Tech will play eight home contests, four coming in the first month of play. Also highlighting the schedule are a pair of Thursday night broadcasts on ESPN and games with six teams that went to postseason bowls a year ago.

Tech will make two appearances on ESPN's Thursday night broadcast, where it is 12-1 all-time. Tech will travel to Boston College on Oct. 12, and then host Clemson 14 days later. Conference home games include Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia, while non-conference opponents Northeastern, Southern Miss, Cincinnati and Kent State come visiting.

In its first two seasons in the ACC, the Hokies have gone 14-2 overall in coference games, 8-0 on the road. This year, the Hokies will play all four of their road games against ACC foes: North Carolina (Sept. 9), Boston College (Oct. 12), Miami (Nov. 4) and Wake Forest (Nov. 18).

Once again this season, the league is broken 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. 2 for the ACC Championship game.

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