February 27, 2012
ACC releases 2012 football schedules
Hokies open six-game home schedule on Labor Day

BLACKSBURG - The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2012 football schedule Monday, and defending Coastal Division 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 11th straight season.

The Hokies are slated to open their 2012 season on Labor Day night, Monday, Sept. 3, with a home game against Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The last time Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were scheduled to open the season was in 2000 when the BCA Classic was cancelled just seconds before kickoff after lightning struck near the stadium and a torrential downpour ensued. The game was never played, nor made up.

Tech will follow the Georgia Tech game with four non-conference games: five days later at home against Austin Peay (Sept. 8), at Pittsburgh (Sept. 15), home against Bowling Green (Sept. 22) and against Cincinnati at FedExField in Landover, Md. (Sept. 29).

The Hokies will then jump back into league play with seven consecutive ACC contests to end the season. A road game at North Carolina starts things off on Oct. 6, followed by a home game against Duke on Oct. 13. Tech then heads back on the road on Oct. 20 to face defending ACC champion Clemson.

After an open weekend (Oct. 27), a tough two-game stretch will test the Hokies as they will play back-to-back Thursday night games, the first at Miami on Nov. 1 and the second at home on Nov. 8 against Florida State. Tech finishes up with a road trip to Boston College on Nov. 17 and then a home battle with in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 24 for Senior Day.

All four non-conference opponents on this year’s schedule are new. The Hokies and Austin Peay have never met in football, while this will be just the third meeting between Tech and Bowling Green. The Hokies lead the series 2-0 with both games being played in Blacksburg. Tech won 21-7 in 1990 and 33-16 in 1993. Tech and Cincinnati have met nine previous times, with the Hokies leading the series 5-4 after downing the Bearcats 20-7 in the Orange Bowl following the 2008 season. Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are old Big East rivals who will again be conference rivals when the Panthers join the ACC in the future. Tech leads the series with the Panthers 7-4, but has lost each of the past three games contested, including the last two at Heinz Field, site of this year’s contest. Florida State rolls onto the Hokies’ ACC slate this year, while Wake Forest drops off.

Seven of the 12 teams on Tech’s schedule played in bowls last year: Pittsburgh (Compass), Clemson (Orange), Cincinnati (Liberty), Florida State (Champs Sports), Georgia Tech (Sun), Virginia (Chick-fil-A) and North Carolina (Independence), while Miami was bowl eligible, but declined to play in a postseason contest.

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. 1 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 2012 Tech football schedule can be found here.

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

The deadline for fans to have their renewals in for season ticket orders to the Virginia Tech Athletics Ticket Office is March 2. Mail orders must be received, not postmarked, by March 2. You can find more information at hokietickets.com.

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