Virginia Tech Football: 2 Hokies' 2024 opponents tabbed as "Cinderella" teams to make CFP

Two opponents on the Hokies 2024 football schedule tabbed as potential "Cinderella" teams to make the expanded CFP this upcoming season.
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Going into the 2024 college football season, the College Football Playoffs expands from four teams to 12 teams. This opens to the door for more teams that suffer a loss, especially early on as there are going to be some monster matchups in September that will play a big role in how things shake out for the 12-team field.

With a lot of retainment, Virginia Tech is one team that if they stay healthy and pick up where they left off in the 2023 season, they could find themselves in the mix come November. That is a huge month schedule-wise for Brent Pry’s crew, who play Syracuse and Duke on the road, sandwiched around a home game with Clemson on Nov. 9.

As we move closer to the 2024 campaign, there are two teams currently on the Hokies schedule that one national college football writer believes are “Cinderalla” teams for sneak into the CFP in 2024.

NCFB writer thinks Syracuse and Rutgers are “Cinderella” teams that could get into the CFP

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports listed some teams that could be considered “Cinderella” teams this upcoming fall that could crash the CFP and two Virginia Tech opponents, Syracuse and Rutgers were two of the teams he listed.

Hopes are high in New York for the Orange under first-year coach Fran Brown, who brought in Ohio State transfer quarterback Kyle McCord to lead the offense, which should be able to put up points. Factor in a very favorable schedule, the Hokies' early November visit to Syracuse could have a lot riding on the line for both teams.

The other team that was considered a “Cinderella” on the Hokies schedule is an early-season foe, Rutgers, who visits Blacksburg in September. The Scarlet Knights return a lot of pieces for head coach Greg Schiano, including running back Kyle Monangai, however, QB Gavin Wimsatt transferred and Minnesota transfer Athan Kaliakmanis is the new signal caller in New Jersey for Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights are in the new-look Big Ten, but there is a lot of preseason hype surrounding them in 2024.