Arguably the premier game on the 2010 Virginia Tech football schedule is the first one. The Hokies will play Boise State at what is supposed to be a neutral field in Landover, MD just outside Washington DC. However considering the proximity of the FedEx to Virginia Tech and a large VT alumni base, and the distance from Boise, it is closer to a home game for the Hokies (those the Boise State Bronco fan base does tend to travel well). Virginia Tech Boise State tickets will be in high demand and a one of the toughest Virginia Tech tickets to get in 2010.
This game will feature 2 likely top 5 ranked college football teams in 2010 and will be of interest not only to their fan bases but to college football fans in general. By putting the game on in primetime on September 6 (Labor Day), ESPN has turned it into a made for TV event. It also has given both programs plenty of off-season anticipation and Frank Beamer, the head coach of Virginia Tech has often said that this type of game adds great focus to off-season preparation.
This game has broader implications to college football, beyond just the destiny of Virginia Tech and Boise State football. Boise State is a loaded squad and despite being in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) – and headed to the Mountain West Conference next year – they are highly ranked and considered a national championship contender. This is due to the fact that the squad was undefeated in 2009, including wins over Oregon from the PAC10 and a previously unbeaten TCU squad.