ODU’s “historic” game with Virginia Tech a win-win for both schools


NORFOLK (WAVY) — It’s been a rough three games for Old Dominion. A blowout loss at Liberty, a home loss to FIU, followed by an upset loss on the road at Charlotte.

This Saturday, something you rarely see in college football, a Power Five program going on the road to play a mid-major and it will happen in Norfolk on Saturday when No. 13 Virginia Tech plays Old Dominion at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

While the Hokies are 28 point favorites, the game is sold out.

“This is a historic event for our university,” ODU coach Bobby Wilder said.  “The fact that this is a long term series, I can’t say enough about the late great Jim Weaver about Frank Beamer, about everybody that worked to make this series happen, this is an event that’s going to go on for a long time.”.

When it comes to recruiting, Virginia Tech owns the 757 market. From Tyrod Taylor to Michael Vick to DeAngelo Hall, the Hokies football program was built on players from Hampton Roads.

And Coach Justin Fuente is quite aware of that.

“We’ve got several kids on the team that are from that area and it will be good for them to get home,” Hokies coach Justin Fuente said. 

Kickoff is set for 3:30 on Saturday.

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