The opening week features
Plus, there’s Syracuse-
Week Two is nearly as ambitious with Virginia-
Four late-season matchups --
During the 2011 regular season, ACC teams went 0-10 against non-conference opponents ranked among the top 25 at kickoff, an embarrassment that eroded its already tarnished football image.
A 4-2 bowl record that included Clemson besting
Here's a look at the ACC's non-conference schedules, in order of probable difficulty based on recent success and expected personnel:
VIRGINIA: Brigham Young (8-5), Oregon (12-1), VMI (2-9) and Ball State (9-4). All four are at home, but for a program burdened by its second 4-8 record in three years, this is a monumental test.
NORTH CAROLINA: at South Carolina (11-2), Middle
VIRGINIA TECH: Alabama (13-1) in Atlanta, Western Carolina (1-10), at East Carolina (8-5),
CLEMSON: Georgia (12-2), South Carolina State (5-6), The Citadel (7-4), at South Carolina (11-2). Two Championship Subdivision opponents remove the Tigers from the best-in-show conversation.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Louisiana Tech (9-3), Richmond (8-3), Central
GEORGIA TECH: Elon (3-8), at BYU (8-5), Alabama A&M (7-4), Georgia (12-2). Yet another two-FCS opponent schedule. Season-ticket holders must be thrilled.
FLORIDA STATE: Nevada (7-6),
PITTSBURGH: New Mexico (4-9), ODU (11-2), at Navy (8-5), Notre Dame (12-1). The incoming Panthers also landed two exclusive national TV windows, both at home –
SYRACUSE: Penn State (8-4) in East Rutherford, N.J., at Northwestern (10-3),
MARYLAND: Florida International (3-9), ODU (11-2), at Connecticut (5-7), West Virginia (7-6) in Baltimore. Can’t believe the
MIAMI: Florida Atlantic (3-9), Florida (11-2), Savannah State (1-10), at South Florida (3-9). At least Gators fans should provide the attendance-starved Hurricanes with a home sellout.
WAKE FOREST: Presbyterian (2-9), Louisiana Monroe (8-5), at Army (2-10), at
DUKE: North Carolina Central (6-5), at
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