Virginia Tech (1-0) will hit the road to take on No. 5 Ohio State (1-0) Saturday night in primetime at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:06 p.m. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will have the call for ESPN.
• Saturday’s game will be the first football meeting between Virginia Tech and Ohio State University. The two will open the 2015 season on Labor Day Night (Sept. 7) in Blacksburg.
Against the Big Ten
• The Hokies are 30-21 all-time against current Big Ten teams, but have played just two games against Big Ten teams when they were a member of the conference.
• Tech is 15-16 against Maryland, 12-3 against Rutgers, 2-1 against Nebraska, 1-0 against Indiana and 0-1 against Michigan.
• This will be the first regular season game against a current member of the Big Ten as the Indiana game was in the 1993 Independence Bowl and the Michigan game was in the 2012 Sugar Bowl.
History With Ohio
• Virginia Tech is 19-7 against teams from Ohio: 5-0 vs. Akron; 4-0 against Ohio University; 3-0 against Bowling Green; 5-5 against Cincinnati; 2-1 against Kent State; and 0-1 against Miami University.
• The Hokies have played just five previous games in the state of Ohio. They are 1-0 at Akron and Ohio University, 1-1 at Cincinnati and 0-1 at Kent State.
Loeffler and Meyer
• Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is no stranger to the head man of Ohio State as he coached under Urban Meyer for two years at Florida as his quarterbacks coach. In 2009 and 2010, Loeffler and Meyer coached in Gainesville, leading the Gators to a 21-6 record over the two years.
• Loeffler led a Florida quarterback unit that led the nation in pass efficiency (167.3) in 2009, as the QBs passed for 3,305 yards and 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions.
• Loeffler guided Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior year with a passing efficiency of 164.17.
Largest Crowd Ever?
• With a capacity crowd expected at 104,944-seat Ohio Stadium Saturday night, this will likely be the largest crowd that the Virginia Tech football team will have ever played in front of. The current record is 92,739 at LSU in 2007. Below are the top five crowds the Hokies have played in front of:
92,739: at LSU, Tiger Stadium (LA), Sept. 9, 2007
91,665: vs. Southern Cal, FedExField (MD), Aug. 28, 2004
86,587: vs. Boise State, FedExField (MD), Sept. 6, 2010
85,831: at Nebraska, Memorial Stadium (NE), Sept. 27, 2008
83,746: at Texas A&M, Kyle Field (TX), Sept. 21, 2002
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