Hokies schedule game vs. Marshall with 26th straight bowl bid possible

With Virginia Tech chasing bowl eligibility with a 4-6 record, the Hokies have scheduled a conditional game against Marshall, the school announced.

If Virginia Tech defeats Virginia on Friday, the Hokies will host the Thundering Herd on Dec. 1 in a matchup of two teams that had games canceled because of Hurricane Florence in September. If Virginia wins, the Hokies will be eliminated from bowl contention, and the game against Marshall will be called off.

The Hokies have played a bowl game in every season since the 1993 Independence Bowl.

It's essentially a coin flip that Virginia Tech will survive and advance to play Marshall. The Hokies have a 50.1 percent chance of beating the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.

Virginia Tech's Sept. 15 game against East Carolina didn't happen when the Pirates declined to travel because of the hurricane, while Marshall's game that day at South Carolina was also canceled because of the storm.

Marshall (7-3) is already bowl eligible and finishes its Conference USA schedule Saturday against FIU.