Virginia Tech goes 3-1 in non-conference games
In order to become bowl-eligible with at least six wins, the Hokies are going to need to take care of business with their non-conference schedule and it’s possible they run.
They open up at home on Sept. 2 against Old Dominion at Lane Stadium, looking for revenge for a 20-17 season-opening loss last season. The Monarchs are not going to roll over for the Hokies, but this without a doubt is a winnable game, just for the revenge factor. On Sept. 9, Tech will host Purdue out of the Big Ten, and out of all the schools out of that conference, there are other matchups that would not be good. A home game against a team that struggles to score sometimes is a game that is almost a must-win.
On Sept. 16, they travel to another Big Ten school Rutgers and despite Greg Schiano back at the helm of the Scarlet Knights, they are still the same old Rutgers. Again, like Purdue, there are a lot of other tougher places to place on the road in that conference and this is a very winnable road game.
They close out their non-conference slate against a second Sun Belt Conference in Marshall on the road on Sept. 23. The Thundering Hurd are coming off a 28-14 Bowl win over the University of Connecticut, but they are a team Tech should beat at home with their defense.
Prediction: they go 3-1 with wins over Old Dominio, Rutgers, and Marshall. Purdue is a toss-up and I could see them going 4-0 and not be surprised.