Virginia Tech finally knows its opponent for the Chick-fil-a College Kickoff. The Hokies will face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 5 in the Georgia Dome to open the 2009 season.
Alabama went 12-1 this season and faces Utah in the Sugar Bowl. It will be the second consecutive season the Hokies will open their season on a neutral field. They played ECU in Charlotte to kickoff this season.
The Hokies have the chance to play in Atlanta three times in 2009. They open with the Tide in the Georgia Dome and later travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech during ACC play. A trip to the Peach Bowl at the end of the season would make Hokie fans very familiar with the ATL by the end of the season.
The Tide will be formidable foe for the Hokies. Alabama will likely have much of the same great defense back for next year. However, it will be debuting a new quarterback in the game next year. Virginia Tech was a very young team this year and will likely have all of its skill position players back.
The announcement of the date with the Tide also sets the Hokies non-conference schedule for 2009. Like in 2007, the Hokies will get all of their non-conference games out of the way before opening ACC play, which is how I'd prefer things every year.
Sept. 5: Alabama (Atlanta)
Sept. 12: Marshall
Sept. 19: Nebraska
Sept. 26: at East Carolina