In the first Big Ten/ACC challenge featuring fourteen contests, the Penn State Nittany Lions will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at home on Wednesday, December 3, the final day of the three-day-long challenge.
PSU last met the Hokies in the 2010-11 season (a loss), but that wasn't part of the Big Ten Challenge; the last time the two teams faced each other in the challenge was in 2007, which the Lions won.
Penn State is 5-8 overall in the challenge, and is riding a two game losing streak headed into this year. The Nittany Lions lost to Pitt this past year, and to Boston College in 2012; in Pat Chambers' first year (2011), they beat the Eagles by twelve.
The other matchups in the challenge are:
Nebraska at Florida State, Rutgers at Clemson
Syracuse at Michigan, Ohio State at Louisville, Pitt at Indiana, NC State at Purdue, Illinois at Miami, Minnesota at Wake
Duke at Wisconsin, MSU at Notre Dame, Iowa at UNC, Virginia at Maryland, Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Side note: was it a blessing, or a troll to have Maryland not play what was seen by many in that program as their traditional rival, Duke? Either way, as usual, it's a slew of good matchups on paper in a series that has the ACC with a decided edge (10 wins to the B1G's 3)--though the last two years have been tied, with six wins for each conference.