Virginia Tech is now in the process of reorganizing previously scheduled opponents for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Alabama has no solidified schedule for the 2013 season, so it has no wrangling of opponents and dates to interfere.
Alabama defeated Virginia Tech 34-24 in the 2009 matchup. The Crimson Tide went on to an undefeated season, beating the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship for its record 22nd Conference Title, and beat the Texas Longhorns in the BCS Championship Game for its 13th National Championship.
Marquee games like this are GREAT for college football. More teams should seek quality opponents, especially early in the season. LSU will play Oregon in the 2011 season opener, and Georgia will face Boise State. Tennessee has routinely looked to the PAC-10 for its marquee out-of-conference matchups.
We need more of these, please. LOTS more.