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The ACC released Virginia Tech’s new 2020 slate of opponents on Wednesday.
Most notably, Clemson, Wake Forest, and NC State were added and Georgia Tech was removed. These additions are all great adds with seemingly easy wins against Wake Forest and NC State and a blockbuster game to replace the Penn State game.
With that lets dive in to predictions:
The Hokies will come into this game looking for blood. After last year’s opening week loss to the Eagles that derailed the seemingly easy start to the season, the Hokies will win this one big.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 35, Boston College-14
Well, Virginia Tech wanted a big game this year and when it lost Penn State, that was seemingly gone. Well, here it is — a date with the 5-time defending ACC champion Clemson Tigers. The Hokies will put up a good fight in this one, but Clemson’s depth and experience will lead to the victory.
Prediction: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
Miami will be better this year, touting a new quarterback in D’Eriq King and one of the best defensive lines in all of college football. Virginia Tech’s offensive line may be better and its quarterback is no slouch, either. Hendon Hooker goes off this game and leads Virginia Tech to a big win.
Prediction:Virginia Tech 49, Miami 42
After a 4-8 campaign last year for NC State and owning the worst ACC record at 1-7, it’s hard to see the Wolfpack being much of a problem for the Hokies.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 42, NC State 21
Oh, revenge will be so sweet. By the time this game comes around, this Virginia team is going to be worn down by a road slate that includes games at Clemson, Florida State, Miami and finally, Virginia Tech. What a brutal draw that is for the Cavaliers, especially with having to replace stud quarterback Bryce Perkins. This just is not looking like a good year for the ‘Hoos.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 34, Virginia 10
Duke will serve as another revenge game for the Hokies. But watch out: this Duke team could be better than the recent editions of David Cutcliffe’s teams. With the addition of Clemson transfer Chase Brice, this Duke offense could be on a whole new level. Virginia Tech wins a shootout.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 52, Duke 45
Louisville is going to be very good this year and getting them on the road will make it even tougher. Coach Scott Satterfield has some dynamic play-makers on the offensive side of the ball, but the Cardinals’ defense has some questions.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 38, Louisville 28
This game just got a lot tougher for Virginia Tech with the loss of cornerback Caleb Farley. Earlier this offseason, this was pegged as a win with the thought in mind that Farley and Jermaine Waller would be enough to shut down North Carolina’s Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome. But with Armani Chatman presumably filling in for Farley, this one will be tough. Having this game later in the year would improve Virginia Tech’s chances. But since UNC is the darling of the ACC, expect it to be scheduled early.
Prediction: North Carolina 38, Virginia Tech 31
The Panthers could not run the ball last year, which is extremely uncharacteristic of a Pat Narduzzi-coached team. Pittsburgh is usually a team that makes Virginia Tech fans nervous, but that was quickly put to rest in last season’s 28-0 win for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. It’s tough to see Pitt’s running game being fixed in one offseason. Kenny Pickett and the receivers are simply not dynamic enough to make plays against Virginia Tech’s defensive backfield.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 35, Pittsburgh 21
Wake Forest is going to struggle this year with the loss of quarterback Jamie Newman. This will be an easy win for the Hokies.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 49, Wake Forest 14
No one really wants to see this as the Hokies’ one non-conference game, but it is just too easy for both schools to schedule with it already being on the calendar. Folks in Blacksburg can hold out hope for James Madison, Marshall, or an SEC opponent, but it seems unlikely. Nonetheless, Virginia Tech wins going away.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 52, Liberty 21
Virginia Tech Record: 9-2 (8-2)