Day & Time: Saturday, October 23, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
TV/Streaming: Regional Sports Networks (YES in Syracuse Area), ACC RSN Affiliates
Virginia Tech Blog: Gobbler Country
Rivalry: 10-8, Syracuse
Current Streak: 1, Syracuse
First Meeting: 1964 was the first meeting between Syracuse and Virginia Tech, and the Orange eked out a 20-15 victory in Central New York.
Last Meeting: Syracuse played nearly a perfect game in the Carrier Dome in 2016 against then No. 17 Virginia Tech. The Orange felt in control throughout as they cruised to a 31-17 upset victory, holding the Hokies to their lowest amount of points that season. Eric Dungey went 28-53 for 311 yards.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (sixth year, 27-40) | Virginia Tech - Justin Fuente (sixth year, 41-29)
Coach Bio: Fuente played quarterback at Oklahoma and Murray State in his collegiate career before shortly playing in the Arena Football League. He eventually left his playing career behind to take a job as the quarterbacks coach at Illinois State. Fuente eventually became the offensive coordinator at Illinois State before joining TCU as the running backs coach before also becoming a co-offensive coordinator. Notably, he helped develop Andy Dalton into a NFL prospect at TCU.
Fuente got his first head coaching job at Memphis for the 2012 season. After a shaky first season, he led the Tigers to two bowl games before taking the Virginia Tech head coaching job for the 2016 season. After a strong first two seasons, Fuente has had mixed results with the Hokies, although he led the program to bowl games in his first four seasons.
Last Year: Virginia Tech struggled in the 2020 season, losing four of its last five games to end the season. An upset loss to Wake Forest didn’t help matters as well as the Hokies missed their first bowl game under Fuente with a 5-6 record.
Last Game: Pitt shut down any hopes that Virginia Tech had at developing offense as the Panthers out-gained the Hokies by 187 yards. Kenny Pickett had two touchdown passes as Pitt strolled to a 28-7 in Blacksburg.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Jermaine Waller is tied for the FBS lead in interceptions this year with four. He also has six PDs, which is tied for fourth in the ACC.
If Syracuse Wins: Syracuse - never dead just yet.
If Syracuse Loses: You’ve never been more excited for a basketball game featuring Pace.
Fun Fact: Syracuse has had four games decided by three points or less this season. The last time that happened was in 1981, but unlike this season, those games weren’t consecutive.