Agreed. With the 8 game schedule the excuses were just that...excuses. With the 9 game schedule, basic math says you can only play a road occ game every other year and I would hate to bypass VT, WVU, and Auburn in favor of Pitt every year.
The first game I attended was the Pitt game during this season. I was 10 years old and even got to run on the field after the game. My dad made sure we kept a safe distance so I didn't get trampled while people were running up and down the field with the goalposts.
Washington and Colorado because they would both great road trips/destinations.