Three of ECU's first four games will be the most challenging stretch of football the Pirates will have all year.
Following games against Western Carolina, NC State and South Carolina, ECU will go on the road to face Virginia Tech.
ECU and Virginia Tech find themselves in similar positions; both are looking to find their go to guys at the quarterback position, however Virginia Tech does offer ECU a challenge with the depth the Hokies have in the backfield.
ECU will have to worry about handling Virginia Tech's array of running backs. The Hokies do not have a true freshman running back on their roster, and they like to jostle around the rotation of their backs based on performance.
A major key to success for ECU will be shutting down the Hokies ground attack, and capitalizing on as many drives as possible.
Last year, when Virginia Tech came to Dowdy-Ficklen, the Pirates were victorious by combining the efforts of quarterbacks James Summers and Blake Kemp, both of which will certainly not be under center next season.
Something that ECU could struggle is fatigue. ECU will be coming off the road against a very tough South Carolina team, then traveling to Blacksburg Va. to face the Hokies.
At any rate, this will be one of the biggest games ECU plays all year and it is imperative that the new coaching staff can prove their gusto by beating an ACC team on the road.