February 14, 2011
ACC releases 2011 football schedules
Hokies open six-game home schedule on Sept. 3

BLACKSBURG - The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2011 football schedule Monday, and defending champion Virginia Tech’s 12-game slate features an exciting six-game home lineup of both conference and non-conference contests. Tech is also scheduled for a home Thursday night ESPN broadcast for the 10th straight season.

The Hokies are slated to open their 2011 season on Saturday, Sept. 3 with a home game against FCS power Appalachian State. It will mark the first time since 2007 that the Hokies haven’t opened the season at a neutral site, as they played East Carolina in Charlotte in 2008, against Alabama in Atlanta in 2009 and against Boise State last year in Landover, Md.

Tech will follow the Appalachian State game with the rest of its non-conference games: at East Carolina (Sept. 10), home against Arkansas State (Sept. 17) and at Marshall (Sept. 24).

The Hokies will then jump into league play with eight consecutive ACC contests. Home games with Clemson (Oct. 1) and Miami (Oct. 8) start things off, followed by a road game at Wake Forest on Oct. 15. Tech returns home on Oct. 22 to face Boston College and then heads to Durham, N.C., for a contest with Duke on Oct. 29.

After an open weekend (Nov. 5), a tough three-game stretch concludes the regular season, as the Hokies will close at Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 10, at home on a Thursday night against North Carolina (Nov. 17) for Senior Day and at in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 26.

New on the schedule this year as non-conference opponents are Appalachian State, Marshall and Arkansas State. The Hokies and Mountaineers have not met since 1982 and Tech leads the series 3-0 with all three games played in Blacksburg. This will be the fourth meeting between Tech and Arkansas State, with the Hokies leading 3-0. Tech leads the series with Marshall 8-2 in a series that dates back to 1913. This will be Tech’s first trip to Huntington since playing there in 1939 and 1940, the two losses for the Hokies in the series. Clemson rolls onto the Hokies’ ACC slate this year, while NC State drops off.

Six of the 12 teams on Tech’s schedule played in bowls last year: East Carolina (Military), Clemson (Meineke Car Care), Miami (Sun), Boston College (Kraft Fight Hunger), Georgia Tech (Independence) and North Carolina (Music City).

Once again this season, the league is broken into two separate divisions - the Atlantic (Maryland, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College and Florida State) and Coastal (Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech) - with the two division winners meeting on Dec. 3 in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C.

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

The full 2011 Tech football schedule can be found here.

The composite schedule for all 12 ACC teams can be found at TheACC.com.

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