Following the announcement that the Virginia Tech Hokies and Virginia Cavaliers would need to postpone next week’s matchup, the ACC announced today that Virginia - Duke Blue Devils contest, originally scheduled for for November 14, will now be played on Saturday, September 26, where both teams previously had a bye week.
Per the ACC release, the Virginia Tech postponement “follows the positive tests and subsequent quarantining of student-athletes within the Virginia Tech football team.“
“I appreciate the quick action taken by the ACC and the willingness of Duke University to reschedule this game,” Virginia AD Carla Williams said in a statement. “It was really important for the players to have the opportunity to compete given the commitment they have shown each other and the program over the last few months.”
Duke plays today at Notre Dame and will host Boston College next week before traveling to Virginia.
Of course, neither Virginia nor Virginia Tech were scheduled to play today, as the Hokies’ contest against NC State had been postponed due to NC State’s COVID challenges, and Virginia’s game against VMI had been cancelled after the SoCon cancelled the season.
The contest against the Hokies has yet to be rescheduled, and there’s still some work to do to make that happen.
Virginia now has an open date on November 14, while the Hokies have an open date on November 28. The ACC Championship Game is scheduled for either December 12 or December 19, allowing a little breathing room for extra scheduling on the final week if needed.
The quickest fix at this point would be to tack on the UVA-Virginia Tech game to December 12, which would mean the Hokies would be coming off a game against Clemson, while Virginia would be coming off BC.
Virginia will now open its season on September 26 against Duke in Charlottesville. Attendance will remain limited to family of the student-athletes and coaching staffs.
Here’s what Virginia’s schedule now looks like:
- September 12: Open
- September 19: Open
- September 26: vs. Duke
- October 3: at Clemson
- October 10: vs. NC State
- October 17: at Wake Forest
- October 24: at Miami
- October 31: vs. UNC
- November 7: vs. Louisville
- November 14: Open
- November 21: vs. Abilene Christian
- November 28: vs. Florida State
- December 5: vs. Boston College