Virginia Tech football schedule predictions and early game-by-game preview for 2016. Projecting how the Hokies will do this year.
The Hokies have to replace a legendary head coach, but can Justin Fuente get the job done in his first year? How does the Virginia Tech schedule work out? Check out the preseason predictions for every game.
Sept. 3 vs. Liberty
This should be an okay Flames team, but the Hokies are going to come out roaring on both sides of the ball with an effort of total and complete domination. It’s going to be a fun coming out party.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 48, Liberty 3
Sept. 10 vs. Tennessee (in Bristol)
Is this the big early statement for the Hokies? In a way, yeah, because they’ll play well and get the offense moving in a fun game, but Tennessee will have way too much pop in the fourth quarter with Jalen Hurd and a pounding ground attack finishing it off.
Preseason Prediction: Tennessee 37, Virginia Tech 31
Sept. 17 vs. Boston College
The Eagle defense should once again be special, and the offense will be stronger – it can’t be any worse, but in the ACC home opener, Tech will get up early on a few good drives and coast from there.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 27, Boston College 10
Sept. 24 vs. East Carolina
It’s a dangerous non-conference game heading into a bye week. There should be plenty of drama as the Pirates come out trying to push the ball down the field to open things up. ECU won’t have the defense to hold up and take advantage of a few solid pass plays here and there from the offense.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 34, East Carolina 17
Oct. 8 at North Carolina
The Tar Heels will worry that they don’t quite have their offensive groove, and they’re not going to find it against the Hokies. However, even with Virginia Tech getting a week off, will be just good enough to get out alive in a tough home battle.
Preseason Prediction: North Carolina 24, Virginia Tech 21
Oct. 15 at Syracuse
The Orange offense will just start to figure it out under new head coach Dino Babers. It’ll be a good, strong performance at home against a Hokie team reeling a bit from the loss to the Tar Heels. Virginia Tech will be sloppy, Syracuse will be sharp, and the Hokies will end up giving one away.
Preseason Prediction: Syracuse 27, Virginia Tech 23
Oct. 20 vs. Miami
The Hokies will be reeling after two straight losses, and they’re going to need something special on a nationally-televised Thursday night game against the unbeaten Hurricanes. Miami will come up with an awful game, but mostly because Virginia Tech will force the issue in a huge turnaround win for Fuente and his team at the ideal time.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 24, Miami 16
Oct. 27 at Pitt
It’s a second straight Thursday night game for Virginia Tech, but at least it’ll be a full week to get ready. The Panthers, though, are coming off a bye week and should be rested enough to get the ground game thumping. It’ll be a defensive war with Pitt hanging on late.
Preseason Prediction: Pitt 21, Virginia Tech 17
Nov. 5 at Duke
Unfortunately for the Hokies, Duke will be desperate after losing two games in a row on the road. The Blue Devil offense will pick just the right time to get hot against a Virginia Tech team that won’t quite bring it’s A game. It’ll be a turning point game for the Hokies, and it’ll also be panic time with five losses already in the books.
Preseason Prediction: Duke 27, Virginia Tech 20
Nov. 12 vs. Georgia Tech
On a rough patch of four losses in five games, the Hokies will desperately need this win – and it’ll get it with one of its better overall defensive games. The linebacking corps will be stellar as it stalls drive after drive, forcing the Yellow Jackets to settle for field goals in key moments.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Georgia Tech 16
Nov. 19 at Notre Dame
This would normally be a tricky game for the Fighting Irish with the road game at USC coming up next, but it’s the home finale in South Bend and the team will be deep in the hunt for a possible College Football Playoff spot. Virginia Tech will play well and make it dramatic, but the Irish dream will still be alive on a late touchdown.
Preseason Prediction: Notre Dame 26, Virginia Tech 20
Nov. 26 vs. Virginia
The Cavaliers will be looking to find something positive in Bronco Mendenhall’s rough first season, but they’re not going to get it as the Hokies play just well enough defensively to overcome an inspired effort from the Cavaliers’ defense.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 26, Virginia 17
2016 Prediction: 6-6
2016 ACC Prediction: 4-4