State pride is on the line when the Virginia Tech Hokies travel to face the Virginia Cavaliers for the Commonwealth Cup on Friday from Charlottesville.
Virginia has not defeated Virginia Tech since a 35-21 victory in Charlottesville back in 2003.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech players are motivated to ensure ‘the streak’ extends to a 14th game to etch their names into program history.
“We’re playing for more than just ourselves and the streak. We’re playing for the past players that have come through and who started this streak and stuff like that,” linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka said.
The Hokies released this hype video to get the fans pumped up for the Friday night showdown.
The video captures many classic moments from the rivalry.
MAKE IT 14 STRAIGHT ❗️
— VT Football (@VT_Football) November 23, 2017
The dominance over Virginia has been a major factor in recruiting during this timespan according to Hokies defensive tackle Ricky Walker.
“There’s a reason why guys come here, because 13 years in a row the cup stayed in Blacksburg,” Walker said. “It’s going to be fun. … Friday night prime time. It gets no better than this.”
Virginia Tech returned to the College Football Playoff rankings at the No. 25 positions last night. After a run of winning four out of five games, Virginia has now lost four of its last five games.
Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 56-37-5.
Virginia hosts Virginia Tech on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. (EST) with the matchup televised on ESPN.