Monarchs, Hokies in prime time September 2


NORFOLK, VA (WTKR) – This is one of the most anticipated games in SB Ballard Stadium history and it will be played under the Friday night lights.

Old Dominion announced Thursday that its September 2 season opener against Virginia Tech at home will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. This comes in conjunction with ESPN publishing kickoff times for early season contests.

It marks the Hokies’ first visit to Norfolk since ODU upset them in 2018, 49-35. Old Dominion finished 6-7 in 2021, winning its last five regular season games and earning a berth in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. Virginia Tech also finished last season 6-7, ending in a loss to Maryland in the Pinstripe Bowl. ODU is 1-2 all-time in the series, with the Hokies winning the last game of 2019, 31-17, at Blacksburg.

The two coaches are no strangers to each other. Ricky Rahne and Brent Pry were assistants on the same teams at Vanderbilt and Penn State under James Franklin. Last year was Rahne’s first season on the pitch in charge of the Monarchs after being brought on after the 2019 campaign. Pry is starting his first campaign on the Hokie sideline, taking over from Justin Fuente.

Old Dominion also learned the kickoff times for its two non-conference road games on Thursday. The Sept. 10 Monarchs contest at East Carolina kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN+, with the Sept. 17 game at Virginia beginning at 2:00 p.m. This game will be broadcast on the ACC network.

The Sept. 2 season opener against Virginia Tech will be Old Dominion’s first football game as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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