The 16th-ranked Virginia Tech football team opens its 2012 season Monday night in primetime when the Hokies host Georgia Tech in a key ACC Coastal Division battle to start the year. Kick-off is set for 8:01 p.m. and the game will be shown nationally on ESPN. The announcers will be Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Quint Kessenich.
• Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will be meeting on the gridiron for the 10th time in a series that dates back to 1990. The Hokies lead the series 6-3 after beating the Yellow Jackets 37-26 last year in Atlanta. The Hokies have won four of the last five against Georgia Tech.x
• This is the first time since 2005 that the Hokies have opened the season with a conference game. Tech beat NC State 20-16 in Raleigh that year en route to an ACC Coastal Division title.
Winner Take All?
• In each of the seven meetings between the two Techs since 2005, when the ACC began its league championship game, the winner went on to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game.
• In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011, Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech and went on to win the division, while in 2006 and 2009, Georgia Tech beat the Hokies and went on to win the division.
The Opening Act
• The Hokies are 17-8 in season openers during Frank Beamer’s tenure as head coach. Tech has won 17 of its past 23 opening-day games, including 12 of the past 16.
Strong in September
• Tech has a 64-10 mark in September dating back to the start of its bowl streak in the 1993 season, including a 25-5 mark over the past six seasons (2005-2011).
Battle of the Techs
• Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are two of just four schools in the FBS that go with “Tech” in their school name (Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech).
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