The Virginia Tech Hokies have a huge prime time matchup against Ohio State Saturday night in Columbus.
The Hokies date against Ohio State Saturday in Columbus marks their first meeting against a top 10 team on the road since they fell to LSU in 2007. Tech's last win against a top 10 team on the road was in 2004 when the Hokies knocked off Miami at the Orange Bowl for the ACC title.
"If you can go in there and get a win it’s great for the program. I like playing in a full stadium where they know Virginia Tech is there and their fans are excited. I think we’re gonna take a few people ourselves,” Head Coach Frank Beamer said.
“This is what college football is all about: two great programs going at each other in a prime time TV slot in front of 105,000 people, two great coaches in Urban Meyer and Frank Beamer and traditionally, two great defenses and two offenses trying to find their way this year – Ohio State losing Braxton and trying to show that they’re picking up where they left off and then us trying to improve where we were last year. It’s gonna be fun. I’m excited for the Hokie Nation,” said Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer.
Coach Beamer did announce one change to the depth chart on Monday. Freshmen Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams have been promoted to co-starters at tailback.
“They both run hard,” said Beamer. “They’re very smart guys and football makes sense to them. They’re tough guys. There’s a lot to like about those two guys. You kind of go on performance and that’s where we are right now. But they’ve got to keep competing every day in practice. That’s what I tell the kickers. That’s what I tell the tailbacks. As long as there’s competition, everyone is getting better, really,” he said.
The capacity of Ohio Stadium, also known as the Horseshoe, is just under 105,000 people, which will likely make Saturday's crowd the largest that a Virginia Tech team has ever played in front of.