Virginia Tech Football: National CFB writer picks Hokies' 2024 season-defining game

A national college football writer thinks the season-defining football game in 2024 will be late in the season.
Sep 30, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Bhayshul Tuten (33) runs
Sep 30, 2023; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Bhayshul Tuten (33) runs / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

We are still nearly five months away from the 2024 season beginning for the Virginia Tech football team. Hopes and expectations are high in Blacksburg as head coach Brent Pry brings back a lot of key contributors on both sides of the ball and the rebuild under the former Penn State defensive coordinator is excelling.

Things are going to look different with the ACC beginning in the fall with SMU, Stanford, and California joining the conference. As far as Virginia Tech is concerned, they will only play one of those teams, Stanford, in early October out in California. One look at the Hokies 12-game schedule and it's a very doable schedule in terms of passing their over/under number of wins, which is 7.5 at most betting outlets. One national college football writer revealed each Top 25 team season-defining game, including Virginia Tech's.

Cody Nagel reveals Virginia Tech's 2024 season-defining football game

Cody Nagel of 247Sports picked each season-defining game for each of their Top 25 team for 2024 and Virginia Tech came in at No. 23 in their latest poll. Nagel's pick for the Hokies is a game rather late in the season, at home on Nov. 9 against Clemson.

Truth be told like it was in 2023, the 2024 conference schedule is very managable for Virginia Tech. There is no Florida State, North Carolina, Louisville, or North Carolina State on it. Don't get me wrong, their first one at Miami in late September is going to be difficult with Cam Ward the Hurricanes quarterback, then flying across the country to Stanford is not easy either. Syracuse on the road a week before Clemson comes to Blacksburg is going to be tough and could be considered a trap game, but you get the feeling unless things go off the rails, the game against the Tigers at Lane Stadium could very well have a lot on the line for both teams.

It wouldn't be surprising if there was a lot riding on the game in terms of either team being in the race to reach the ACC Championship Game, but that game late in the season sure has the opportunity to be something special if everything lines up in the previous nine games. It's easy to see why Nagel thinks it's going to be Virginia Tech's season-defining game.