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Virginia Tech Football: Hokies' 2022 Schedule Analysis

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Keshawn King and the Hokies kick off the Brent Pry era with four straight games in the state of Virginia before back-to-back ACC Coastal road contests

Virginia Tech kicks off the Brent Pry era on Sept. 2 and what follows is a fairly unusual schedule. Three of the Hokies' 2022 games will be played on a Thursday or a Friday, beginning with the season opener at Old Dominion. Interestingly, Virginia Tech is one of two ACC teams that will play two road games against Group of 5 competition, something that is usually a rare occurrence in the Power 5.

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The meat of the schedule is in the middle as the Hokies play arguably their four toughest ACC contests all in the month of October with their most difficult non-conference game as a lead-in at the end of September. While Virginia Tech doesn't draw a huge power in the non-conference slate and avoids Clemson in the crossover games, the Hokies have very few layups on the 2022 schedule.

Virginia Tech Hokies 2022 Schedule

Bye: Week 8

Week 1 - Sept. 2 at Old Dominion (Norfolk, Va.)

In Ricky Rahne's first year as head coach, the Monarchs went to the Myrtle Beach Bowl in 2021, which was the second postseason appearance in the program's brief history. ODU pulled off a massive upset in 2018 when Virginia Tech made its only trip to Norfolk.

Week 2 - Sept. 10 vs. Boston College (Blacksburg, Va.)

The Hokies' ACC season commences in week two when Boston College visits Lane Stadium. The Eagles will feature a high-flying offense with quarterback Phil Jurkovec, running back Pat Garwo, and receiver Zay Flowers, but the offensive line and much of the defense need to be restocked.

Week 3 - Sept. 17 vs. Wofford (Blacksburg, Va.)

From 2016 through 2019, the Terriers went 37-15 and qualified for the FCS playoffs each season. But Wofford came out of the pandemic a much different team, going 1-10 and 0-8 in the Southern Conference in 2021.

Week 4 - Sept. 22 vs. West Virginia (Blacksburg, Va.)

The Hokies' signature non-conference game comes when the Mountaineers invade Blacksburg on a Thursday night to open week four. The transfer portal hit Neal Brown's team hard as quarterback Jarret Doege and leading receiver Winston Wright along with three of the team's top five tacklers have moved on.

Week 5 - Oct. 1 at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

There remains plenty of excitement surrounding the Carolina program despite a disappointing 2021 and the departure of quarterback Sam Howell. But this is a series that Virginia Tech has owned since joining the ACC, winning 14 while losing just four.

Week 6 - Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

In the middle of the most challenging stretch of the season, the Hokies head to Pittsburgh to play the defending Coastal Division champs. The Panthers may have lost star quarterback Kenny Pickett, but Kedon Slovis arrives from USC, and Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison is still around to catch passes.

Week 7 - Oct. 15 vs. Miami (Blacksburg, Va.)

New-look Miami under head coach Mario Cristobal hopes to get back to being the old-school Hurricanes in short order. One thing they have that is similar to the dominant teams of the '80s and '90s is a true difference-maker at quarterback in Tyler Van Dyke.

Week 9 - Oct. 27 at NC State (Raleigh, N.C.)

After an open date, the Hokies get back at it with a Thursday road game at NC State. While the Wolfpack will have to replace some key offensive skill position talent, the return of quarterback Devin Leary and a large portion of the nation's No. 19 defense make Dave Doeren's team a difficult crossover draw.

Week 10 - Nov. 5 vs. Georgia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)

Geoff Collins had to change the Jackets' entire offensive system and doing it in the middle of a pandemic didn't help matters. But this is year four and the Jackets have won just three games in each of Collins's first three seasons.

Week 11 - Nov. 12 at Duke (Durham, N.C.)

After 14 seasons, David Cutcliffe is no longer the head coach at Duke. Mike Elko has had lots of success as the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M, and he will be looking to improve a Blue Devils defense that allowed more than seven yards per play last fall.

Week 12 - Nov. 19 at Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.)

Five years ago, Liberty didn't have an FBS football team. But in 2022, the ACC's Hokies will be playing a game in Lynchburg. The ascension of the Flames under Hugh Freeze has been amazing and even without quarterback Malik Willis, Liberty will provide a stiff challenge for Virginia Tech.

Week 13 - Nov. 26 vs. Virginia (Blacksburg, Va.)

After losing to the Cavaliers in 2019, the Hokies started a new streak by winning the last two against their in-state rival. Since 1999, Virginia Tech has gone 21-2 in this series. In Brennan Armstrong, UVA has one of the nation's elite quarterbacks and he will be throwing to an experienced group of receivers led by All-American candidate Dontayvion Wicks.

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Written by Jon Kinne, who has been part of the Athlon Contributor Network for three years, covering the ACC and Notre Dame. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.