Thursday, February 4, 2010

2010 ACC football schedules released

Let the tailgate planning begin. Here's the release from the ACC regarding the 2010 ACC football schedule:

GREENSBORO, N.C.--The 2010 ACC football schedule released today by Commissioner John Swofford is an ambitious slate which has conference teams playing 11 games against teams ranked in the final 2009 AP poll, 14 against opponents that are projected to be in the nation’s pre-season Top 25 and 26 games against teams which participated in 2009 post-season bowl games.

In all, the schedule is comprised of 97 games, including 48 conference match-ups, over a span of 13 weeks and is capped off with the Sixth Annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, which this year will be played on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

ACC teams will face 48 non-conference opponents who had a combined winning percentage of .614 in 2009, including 35 games against FBS opponents who won 62 percent of their games last fall.

Twenty-six of the league’s 48 non-conference games (54 percent) are against 22 teams that earned bowl berths in 2009. This includes 11 games with teams which finished ranked in the nation’s final Top 25 (AP) in 2009 in defending national champion Alabama (Duke), third-ranked Florida (Florida State), fourth-ranked Boise State (Virginia Tech), 5th-ranked Ohio State (Miami), 8th-ranked Cincinnati (NC State), 12th-ranked BYU (Florida State), 15th-ranked Pittsburgh (Miami), 17th-ranked LSU (North Carolina), 22nd-ranked Southern California (Virginia), 23rd-ranked Central Michigan (Virginia Tech) and 25th-ranked West Virginia (Maryland).

ACC teams will also play 14 games against 11 teams selected by in their early pre-season Top 25 including matches with the projected top three teams in Alabama, Ohio State (2nd) and Boise State (3rd).

Non-conference opponents who earned bowl bids this past season are Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, Brigham Young, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, East Carolina (3 games with ACC), Florida, Georgia, LSU, Middle Tennessee, Navy (3 games with ACC), Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California, Stanford, UCF and West Virginia.
The Conference will again enjoy national exposure on the opening weekend of the season, as North Carolina will face LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic played before a national TV audience on Sept. 4 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Two days later, on Sept. 6, the ACC will be involved in a nationally-televised Labor Day doubleheader on ESPN, with Maryland meeting Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., at 4 p.m., followed by Virginia Tech, projected as the pre-season 6th-ranked team in the rankings, playing Boise State,’s third-ranked team, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. at 8 p.m.

In all, the ACC will play four games on Thursday night throughout the year that will be nationally televised by ESPN beginning with NC State hosting Cincinnati on Sept. 16, but also including Miami at Pittsburgh (Sept. 23), Florida State at NC State (Oct. 28) and Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Nov. 4). Each of the ESPN Thursday night appearances are set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

The 2010 ACC football schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 2

Florida A&M at Miami

Presbyterian at Wake Forest

Saturday, September 4

Weber State at Boston College

North Texas at Clemson

Elon at Duke

Samford at Florida State

South Carolina State at Georgia Tech

LSU vs. North Carolina (Atlanta)

Western Carolina at NC State

Richmond at Virginia

Monday, September 6

Navy vs. Maryland

(Baltimore), ESPN, 4 pm

Boise State vs. Virginia Tech,

(Washington), ESPN, 8 pm

Saturday, September 11

Kent State at Boston College

Presbyterian at Clemson

Duke at Wake Forest

Florida State at Oklahoma

Georgia Tech at Kansas

Morgan State at Maryland

Miami at Ohio State

NC State at UCF

Virginia at Southern California

James Madison at Virginia Tech

Thursday, September 16

Cincinnati at NC State, ESPN, 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 18

Clemson at Auburn

Alabama at Duke

BYU at Florida State

Georgia Tech at North Carolina

Maryland at West Virginia

East Carolina at Virginia Tech

Wake Forest at Stanford

Thursday, September 23

Miami at Pittsburgh, ESPN, 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 25

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Army at Duke

Wake Forest at Florida State

NC State at Georgia Tech

Florida International at Maryland

North Carolina at Rutgers

VMI at Virginia

Saturday, October 2

Notre Dame at Boston College

Miami at Clemson

Duke at Maryland

Florida State at Virginia

Georgia Tech at Wake Forest

East Carolina at North Carolina

Virginia Tech at NC State

Saturday, October 9

Boston College at NC State

Clemson at North Carolina

Florida State at Miami

Virginia at Georgia Tech

Central Michigan at Virginia Tech

Navy at Wake Forest

Saturday, October 16

Boston College at Florida State

Maryland at Clemson

Miami at Duke

North Carolina at Virginia

Middle Tennessee at Georgia Tech

NC State at East Carolina

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech

Saturday, October 23

Maryland at Boston College

Georgia Tech at Clemson

Duke at Virginia Tech

North Carolina at Miami

Eastern Michigan at Virginia

Thursday, October 28

Florida State at NC State, ESPN, 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 30

Clemson at Boston College

Duke at Navy

Wake Forest at Maryland

Miami at Virginia

William & Mary at North Carolina

Thursday, November 4

Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, ESPN, 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 6

Boston College at Wake Forest

NC State at Clemson

Virginia at Duke

North Carolina at Florida State

Maryland at Miami

Saturday, November 13

Boston College at Duke

Clemson at Florida State

Miami at Georgia Tech

Maryland at Virginia

Virginia Tech at North Carolina

Wake Forest at NC State

Saturday, November 20

Virginia at Boston College

Clemson at Wake Forest

Duke at Georgia Tech

Florida State at Maryland

Virginia Tech at Miami

NC State at North Carolina

Saturday, November 27

Boston College at Syracuse

South Carolina at Clemson

North Carolina at Duke

Florida at Florida State

Georgia Tech at Georgia

NC State at Maryland

South Florida at Miami

Virginia at Virginia Tech

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt

Saturday, December 4

Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game



The Reid said...

Carolina's schedule is shaping up to possibly being the toughest in the entire country! 7 games against teams that could make appearances in the rankings(LSU, GT, Rutgers, Miami(Fl), FSU, Clemson, VT).

Julius Coxswain said...

Presbyterian must be strapped for cash. There is no way they should be playing two ACC schools.

Anonymous said...

Miami's opening stretch is not kind either @Buckeyes, @ Pitt and @ Clemson in a row! I would love to meet the person responsible for that!

HokieFan4Life said...

You think UNC has a tough schedule...look at N.C. State's! Aside from the first two games- all but Wake and Maryland were ranked in the RPI Top 50!

@Central Florida
@Georgia Tech (#13)
@East Carolina (#43)
@Clemson (#24)
@North Carolina (#30)

Tarheel Paul said...

Since the wolfies have the best coach in the State, why should that schedule scare you.

Wolfpack Tom said...

Tarheel Paul-

Don't hate because O'Brien is taking Butch out back and spanking that...

Bowl games or not, Tom O'Brien's teams have owned the Tar Heels and I would rather miss a bowl game than be perennial Meineke Car Care Bowl runner up.

Carolina might own basketball (aside from this year) but NC State will just continue to beat them up and down the football field.

MGSMIT84 said...

Tarheel Paul,

...shouldn't a TRUE Carolina "fan" (aka: not one of those rednecks that buy UNC gear at Wal-Mart and then get on the ol' internet machine and make uneducated comments.) know that it is TAR HEELS and not TARHEELS?

Food for thought.

Tarheel Paul said...

I guess Carolina might have the Wal-Mart fans but State owns the Tractor Supply fans. And if beating UNC is better than playing in a bowl game, you will be losers forever. Your day in the sun has passed and your ship has sailed. You have to play Toby's recruits now.

Anonymous said...

My gosh - watching UNC and State fans arguing with each other over whose football program is better is a lot like watching two Trekkies argue about their love lifes.

Carl said...

Interesting to read that, ACC teams will face 48 non-conference opponents who had a combined winning percentage, good post this is.


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