Just had a release sent along from the Washington Redskins: The Virginia Tech-Boise State game at FedEx Field on Oct. 2, 2010, is a done deal.
It’s really a win-win-win for the three parties involved.
FedEx Field gets another high-profile game after going five years without one. Navy hasn’t played there since 2003 (Air Force), but the Army-Navy game will be there in 2011. The last big-time college game in Landover was the 2004 Southern California-Virginia Tech showdown.
Virginia Tech receives the opportunity to make a lot of its fans in the northern part of the state happy with a local game that won’t require them to spend hours and hours and hours on I-81. It certainly can’t hurt recruiting to play a game in Prince George’s County, just outside of D.C.
That’s also the Hokies’ fourth D.C.-area game since ‘04 (including visits to Maryland in 2005 and ‘09). They hadn’t been in the Baltimore/D.C./Annapolis/College Park vicinity before then since 1995.
Boise State receives a high-quality opportunity for its perennially superb team to make a dent nationally, something that probably doesn’t happen as much as it should.
To wit – the Broncos’ regular-season games against BCS conference opponents since 2003, the year after their first WAC championship:
2003: at Oregon State (L, 26-24)
2004: Oregon State (W, 53-34)
2005: at Georgia (L, 48-13), at Oregon State (L, 30-27)
2006: Oregon State (W, 42-14)
2007: at Washington (L, 24-10)
2008: at Oregon (W, 37-32)
2009: Oregon (Sept. 3)
Put another way, Virginia Tech is only the second BCS conference school outside the Pacific Northwest willing to take on the Broncos since they got really, really good by complete choice.
Anyway, that’s something to look forward to for 2010 – well before the 2009 season actually kicks off.