New ACC football schedule hits teams with unexpected venues, opponents

Virginia Tech has 3 re-runs of 2012 schedule; all teams will have two open dates

Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony tackles Florida State fullback Lonnie Pryor in the second quarter.

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Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony tackles Florida State fullback Lonnie Pryor in the second quarter.

The ACC's new model for its football schedule includes numerous quirks and oddities during the first two years of implementation. The 2013 schedule also adds a twist in that each team will get two open dates between the August 31 openers and the final regular-season games on Nov. 30. The ACC Championship Game, which was played on Dec. 1 last season, will be played on Dec. 7 next fall.

Following is a breakdown of the schedules of the ACC's Atlantic Division teams:

Boston College: Home vs. FSU, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech; Away vs. Clemson, Maryland, Syracuse, UNC

Clemson: Home vs. BC, FSU, WF, Georgia Tech; Away vs. MD, NCS, Syracuse, Virginia

Florida State: Home vs. MD, NCS, SYR, Miami; Away vs. BC, Clemson, WF, Pittsburgh

Maryland: Home vs. BC, Clemson, SYR, Virginia; Away vs. FSU, NCS, WF, Virginia Tech

N.C. State: Home vs. Clemson, MD, SYR, UNC; Away vs. BC, FSU, WF, Duke

Syracuse: Home vs. Clemson, BC, WF, Pittsburgh; Away vs. FSU, MD, NCS, Georgia Tech

Wake Forest: Home vs. FSU, MD, NCS, Duke; Away vs. BC, Clemson, SYR, Miami

Schedule Notes

- Clemson will play Georgia Tech at home for the second straight season. The Jackets wanted to off-set their home games against Clemson and Georgia.

- Clemson will play at Syracuse for the first time ever. The teams met once before, with Syracuse winning 41-0 in the 1995 Gator Bowl.

- The ACC will announce its dates for the 2013 schedule in February.

- Clemson and Nevada are the only two non-conference games scheduled against 2012 top-10 teams - Georgia and South Carolina for the Tigers, and Oregon and Florida State for Nevada.

- Both Duke and N.C. State will play all three of their in-state rivals.

- Virginia Tech's schedule has the league's most significant changes, as the Hokies will make return trips to both Boston College and Miami, while hosting Duke for the second straight season. The Hokies also lost a previously-scheduled game at Florida State, which was replaced by a game against Maryland.

- In odd-numbered years, the Atlantic Division will host all cross-over games, while the Coastal Division will host in even-numbered years.

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Comments » 3

Bleedsorange writes:

To be honest it is not as bad as I thought it would be but it still looks like something my 4 year-old wrote in crayon . Though I think our schedule worked out the best, still crayon.

greersc writes:

What about the Domers?

Bigboots writes:

I'd have to say I expected all those opponents and venues.
It all unfolded just as I thought.

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