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BLACK DIAMOND GAME THREAD: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies — Pre-game updates, TV info, betting odds and more

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NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: 7:30PM ET

Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech


Channel: ESPN; DirecTV 206, DISH 140

Announcers: Matt Barrie (PBP), Louis Riddick (analyst), and Harry Lyles Jr. (sideline)

Online Streaming: WatchESPN, with a valid cable subscription

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Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 135, XM 199 | WVU Gameday App (Apple | Android)

Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi (PBP), Dwight Wallace (analyst), Jed Drenning (sideline), Andrew Caridi, and John Antonik (Pre/Postgame Show)

Betting Odds: West Virginia -2, Total 50.5 via DraftKings Sportsbook

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Where are they from? Blacksburg, Virginia

Photo © Ivan Morozov

Series History: After a fierce border rivalry was played for 42 straight years from 1912-1996, West Virginia and Virginia Tech began competing for another prize when they inaugurated the Black Diamond Trophy to commemorate the series. West Virginia won last year’s battle, 27-21, in Morgantown and currently holds the trophy. The Mountaineers won the first meeting for the trophy in 1997 and again in 2002 and 2003. VT regained the trophy in 2004 with a 19-13 win in Blacksburg and held on to it, winning the 2005 and 2017 meetings. West Virginia leads the overall series, 29-23-1; however, Virginia Tech leads the series since playing for the trophy, winning seven of the 11 meetings.

2021 Record: 6-7 (4-4 ACC), lost to Maryland, 54-10, in New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Head Coach: Brent Pry (1st season)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Virginia Tech at Old Dominion Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


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