Top 10 Big Ten Nonconference Games In 2014

May 10, 2014 5:36 AM EST

No. 7: Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech

Date: Sept. 6
Location: Columbus, Ohio

Unfortunately, Virginia Tech is not the same top-tier team it has been. Regardless, the Buckeyes get the big nonconference home opener they need.

Ohio State enters 2014 as a national title contender. The Buckeyes have all the pieces in place. This game is about national respect.

They closed 2013 with back-to-back losses. If they go out on their home field and destroy the Hokies they will be right back in the national spotlight. Exactly where they want to be.

Also, this is a chance for Braxton Miller to stake his claim as the leader in the hunt for the Heisman Trophy.