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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rutgers football agrees to home-and-home nonconference series with Virginia Tech

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Rutgers filled a future nonconference hole Tuesday in announcing a home-and-home series for 2023-24 with Virginia Tech.

Rutgers last played the Hokies in the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl and met regularly as Big East opponents for 12 years.

“We are thrilled to renew this long regional rivalry,” AD Julie Hermann said in a statement. “The chance for us, a Big Ten program, to compete against a great ACC opponent is a tremendous opportunity and gives our fans the ability to easily follow us to an important nonconference away game.”

Adding Virginia Tech fills another power-five void in the nonconference, a near mandate for consideration for the College Football Playoff. 

In 2016, the Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule, shrinking the nonconference field and elevating the need to add high-profile opponents early in the season.

A look at Rutgers' future nonconference dates:

Wash. State
Miami (Fla.)
2015, 2018

Virginia Tech finished this season at 7-6, another down season for head coach Frank Beamer, the longest tenured at his position in the country.

Beamer agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2019 in August, first-year AD Whit Babcock's first big decision in Blacksburg.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood also inked a two-year extension through 2019 earlier this season.

Beamer dealt with health issues that prevented him from coaching on the field in the Hokies' Military Bowl victory against Cincinnati. He would be 77 when the teams meet in 2023.

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