BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University completed its non-conference schedule for the 2010 season when it was announced the Bronco football team will face Virginia Tech on Oct. 2 (Saturday) at FedexField in Landover, MD, the home of the Washington Redskins.
The Broncos and Hokies have been two of the nation’s most successful collegiate teams the past 10 years (1999-2008). Boise State has the best record in college football during that time at 108-20 for an 84.3 winning percentage. Virginia Tech is 100-30 (.7692%) the past 10 years which is the sixth best mark in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
“We are very excited about facing the caliber of a team like Virginia Tech,” Boise State Head Football Coach Chris Petersen commented. “They have an outstanding program and will be a tough opponent. Hopefully our fans will travel across the country to see the Broncos play.”
Virginia Tech will be the home team with the television rights belonging to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Boise State will receive a guarantee of $1.25 million for playing in the game.
“This has all the markings of a great intersectional matchup next year,” Bronco Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier stated. “The trip to the Washington D.C. area will allow our fans on the east coast an opportunity to see the Broncos in person.”
This marks only the second time Boise State has faced a team from the ACC. The previous meeting came at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, with Boston College handing the Broncos a 27-21 defeat.
The game will mark the second time Virginia Tech has hosted a team at FedexField. The Hokies opened its 2004 schedule against USC with the Trojans posting a 24-13 victory.
“We are excited to have two premier collegiate football programs compete at FedExField,” Redskins Chief Operating Officer Mitch Gershman said. “There is a significant Virginia Tech alumni base in the Washington Metropolitan area, which will have the opportunity to watch the 2008 ACC champion Hokies play the 2008 WAC champion Boise State Broncos. We are actively pursuing high-profile college football games and other exciting events at FedExField.”
Information on tickets sales and kickoff time will be released at a later date.
Boise State’s other non-conference games for 2010 includes its season opener on Sept. 11 (Saturday) against Toledo, a trip to the University of Wyoming on Sept. 18 (Saturday) before returning to Bronco Stadium to host Oregon State on Sept. 25 (Saturday). The Broncos’ WAC schedule for 2010 will not be released until sometime in March of next year.
The Broncos open its 2009 slate of games on Sept. 3 (Thursday) when they host the University of Oregon at 8:15 p.m. (MT). ESPN will broadcast the game.