USC To Open 2004 Season Against Virginia Tech in BCA Classic

Dec. 23, 2003

The No. 1-ranked USC football team will open its 2004 season in the Black Coaches Association Football Classic against perennial power Virginia Tech on Aug. 28 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The game, which will kick off at 7:45 p.m. (ET), will be televised nationally by ESPN. FedEx Field, home of the NFL's Washington Redskins, is located just outside Washington, D.C.

It's the first-ever meeting between the teams. The Trojans, currently 11-1, are headed to the Rose Bowl next week to face Michigan in an attempt to win their first national championship since 1978. The 8-4 Hokies will meet California on Friday in the 2003 Insight Bowl before moving from the Big East Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

'This is a great way for USC to open up the 2004 season,' said Trojan head coach Pete Carroll, the 2003 National Coach of the Year. 'I've always said we'll play anybody anywhere. This is an outstanding intersectional matchup against one of the premier football programs in the country. Virginia Tech is a well-coached team that has enjoyed lots of success. It'll be a big challenge for us, but a great opportunity. We're looking forward to the game.'

This will be the eighth BCA Classic. The past three BCA games have featured Pac-10 teams, with Arizona State playing in 2002 before California fell to Kansas State this season, 42-28, in Kansas City. Virginia Tech was scheduled to face Georgia Tech in the 2000 BCA Classic, but that game was cancelled due to lightning.

USC's 2004 Football Schedule

Aug. 28 vs. Virginia Tech in BCA Classic (at Landover, Md.)

Sept. 4 at BYU

Sept. 11 Colorado State

Sept. 25 at Stanford

Oct. 9 California

Oct. 16 Arizona State

Oct. 23 Washington

Oct. 30 at Washington State

Nov. 6 at Oregon State

Nov. 13 Arizona

Nov. 27 Notre Dame

Dec. 4 at UCLA

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