Wednesday, the ACC released all 17 teams' football schedule dates for the 2024 season. We knew five dates that were set for Virginia Tech, their four non-conference games, and Virginia on Thanksgiving Weekend. On Tuesday we found out that the Hokies will play two weeknight games. Now we know all the dates for all 12 games with the times to be announced later.
Here are three takeaways from the official release of the 2024 schedule.
Virginia Tech has tough travel start to ACC schedule
For the second straight season, Virginia Tech will begin the season playing their four non-conference games before they begin conference play. Once conference play begins, the Hokies start with a tough schedule in terms of travel. They wrap up the non-conference slate at home on Sept. 21 against Rutgers, then will travel to South Florida on Sept. 27, a Friday night, to play Miami. After returning home for a few days, they will then head out to California to play Stanford on Oct. 6. The Cardinals are one of three new ACC teams in 2024 with California and SMU. Not an easy start to ACC play in terms of travel to say the least.
Virginia Tech has a big gap in the schedule in October
After they play at Stanford, the Hokies will then have their first of two byes before hosting Boston College in their first ACC home game on a Thursday night, Oct. 17. Virginia Tech will then get nine days off before hosting Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium. After playing four of their first six games of the season on the road, they catch a break by being home most of the month of October in Blacksburg.
November offers biggest challenges of the schedule in ACC play
After getting a break for most of the month of October, the Hokies will ramp things up in November with a tough stretch of games. They travel to play a much-improved Syracuse team, then will host Clemson in what could be a very big contest in terms of the ACC standings. They follow that with their second bye, then travel to Duke before hosting Virginia Thanksgiving Weekend. Virginia Tech has an opportunity to set themselves up to have a very big and meaningful November for the first time in a long time.
The 2024 college football season can't get here quickly enough for Virginia Tech as there is a lot of hype surrounding the program for the first time in some time.