The ACC released its 2013 football schedule on Monday afternoon, revealing Virginia Tech would not have a Thursday night home football game for the first time since 2001.
After a 7-6 finish in 2012 — Tech’s worst season since 1992 — the Hokies were denied a Thursday night game for the first time since being in the ACC.
Tech will open the season on Aug. 31 against two-time defending national champion Alabama in the Chick-fil-A kickoff in the Georgia Dome.
The Hokies will follow that with the rest of their nonconference schedule against Western Carolina in Lane Stadium on Sept. 7, at East Carolina on Sept. 14, and back home against Marshall on Sept. 21.
Tech opens its ACC schedule on Thursday, Sept. 26 in Atlanta against Georgia Tech and their spread-option attack. Every year since 2010, the Hokies have had at least 10 days to prepare for the Yellow Jackets — this year they’ll have less than five.
After that, the Hokies will have three straight home games in October, starting with North Carolina on Oct. 5, followed by Pittsburgh on Oct. 12, and then Duke on Oct. 26.
Three of Tech’s final four games are on the road, starting with back-to-back road trips to Boston College on Nov. 2, then Miami on Nov. 9.
The Hokies will get Maryland at home on Nov. 16 before finishing the season in Scott Stadium against UVa on Nov. 30.