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ACC football: 2014 brings Louisville, scheduling quirks

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Coach Dabo Swinney’s next Clemson squad will start and end with SEC schools – Georgia and South Carolina.

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    THURSDAY, AUG. 28

    Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe

    SATURDAY, AUG. 30

    Boston College at UMass

    Clemson at Georgia

    Elon at Duke

    Oklahoma State vs. Florida State (at Dallas)

    Wofford at Georgia Tech

    Liberty at North Carolina

    Georgia Southern at N.C. State

    Delaware at Pitt

    Villanova at Syracuse

    UCLA at Virginia

    William & Mary at Virginia Tech

    MONDAY, SEPT. 1

    Miami at Louisville, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

    FRIDAY, SEPT. 5

    Pitt at Boston College (ESPN/ESPN2)

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 6

    S.C. State at Clemson

    Duke at Troy

    The Citadel at Florida State

    Georgia Tech at Tulane

    Murray State at Louisville

    Florida A&M at Miami

    San Diego State at North Carolina

    Old Dominion at N.C. State

    Richmond at Virginia

    Virginia Tech at Ohio State

    Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 13

    Southern Cal at Boston College

    Kansas at Duke

    Georgia Southern at Georgia Tech

    Arkansas State at Miami

    N.C. State at South Florida

    Pitt at Florida International

    Syracuse at Central Michigan

    Louisville at Virginia

    East Carolina at Virginia Tech

    Wake Forest at Utah State

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 20

    Maine at Boston College

    Tulane at Duke

    Clemson at Florida State

    Louisville at Florida International

    Miami at Nebraska

    North Carolina at East Carolina

    Presbyterian at N.C. State

    Iowa at Pitt

    Maryland at Syracuse

    Virginia at BYU

    Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech

    Army at Wake Forest

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 27

    Colorado State at Boston College

    North Carolina at Clemson

    Wake Forest at Louisville

    Duke at Miami

    Florida State at N.C. State

    Akron at Pitt

    Notre Dame at Syracuse

    Kent State at Virginia

    Western Michigan at Virginia Tech

    FRIDAY, OCT. 3

    Louisville at Syracuse (ESPN/ESPN2)

    SATURDAY, OCT. 4

    N.C. State at Clemson

    Wake Forest at Florida State

    Miami at Georgia Tech

    Virginia Tech at North Carolina

    Pitt at Virginia

    SATURDAY, OCT. 11

    Louisville at Clemson

    Duke at Georgia Tech

    Cincinnati at Miami

    North Carolina at Notre Dame

    Boston College at N.C. State

    Florida State at Syracuse

    THURSDAY, OCT. 16

    Virginia Tech at Pitt (ESPN)

    SATURDAY, OCT. 18

    Clemson at Boston College

    Virginia at Duke

    Notre Dame at Florida State

    N.C. State at Louisville

    Georgia Tech at North Carolina

    Syracuse at Wake Forest

    THURSDAY, OCT. 23

    Miami at Virginia Tech (ESPN)

    SATURDAY, OCT. 25

    Syracuse at Clemson

    Georgia Tech at Pitt

    North Carolina at Virginia

    Boston College at Wake Forest

    THURSDAY, OCT. 30

    Florida State at Louisville (ESPN)

    SATURDAY, NOV. 1

    Virginia at Georgia Tech

    North Carolina at Miami

    Duke at Pitt

    N.C. State at Syracuse

    Boston College at Virginia Tech

    THURSDAY, NOV. 6

    Clemson at Wake Forest (ESPN)

    SATURDAY, NOV. 8

    Louisville at Boston College

    Virginia at Florida State

    Georgia Tech at N.C. State

    Duke at Syracuse

    SATURDAY, NOV. 15

    Virginia Tech at Duke

    Clemson at Georgia Tech

    Florida State at Miami

    Pitt at North Carolina

    Wake Forest at N.C. State

    THURSDAY, NOV. 20

    North Carolina at Duke (ESPN)

    SATURDAY, NOV. 22

    Georgia State at Clemson

    Boston College at Florida State

    Louisville at Notre Dame

    Syracuse at Pitt

    Miami at Virginia

    Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

    FRIDAY, NOV. 28

    Virginia at Virginia Tech

    SATURDAY, NOV. 29

    Syracuse at Boston College

    South Carolina at Clemson

    Wake Forest at Duke

    Florida at Florida State

    Georgia Tech at Georgia

    Kentucky at Louisville

    Pitt at Miami

    N.C. State at North Carolina

    SATURDAY, DEC. 6

    ACC championship game (at Charlotte)



Change continues to roll through the ACC, and we’re reminded of that after the 2014 football schedule released by the league Wednesday. Gone will be Maryland to the Big Ten and in comes Louisville from the American Athletic Conference.

And don’t forget about Notre Dame, which is a full-time member in all sports except for football, but will play an average of five games against ACC teams beginning in 2014.

Here are some highlights of the ACC schedule, beginning with an unlikely prime-time game between long-time conference rivals:

• Duke and North Carolina are on national television – and it’s not in basketball. The Blue Devils and Tar Heels will play at Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium on Thursday night, Nov. 20 on ESPN. That’s one of seven home games for the Blue Devils, who went 10-4 this season and won the Coastal Division.

• Clemson will jump right into the deep end with an Aug. 30 opener at Georgia and will play at defending league and national champ Florida State on Sept. 20. The Tigers will close the regular season at home against South Carolina on Nov. 29. As Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier likes to remind us, Clemson hasn’t beaten South Carolina since 2008.

• North Carolina and N.C. State will face off in their regular-season finale Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill. It will be the fourth time the teams will finish the regular season against each other and the first time at Kenan Stadium.

• N.C. State will begin the season with nonconference home games against first-year Football Bowl Subdivision teams Georgia Southern and Old Dominion, at the AAC’s South Florida and at home to the Football Championship Subdivision’s Presbyterian. Then it will get interesting for the Wolfpack, which was winless in the ACC in 2013, as it will run smack into Florida State at Carter-Finley Stadium on Sept. 27 and travel to Clemson on Oct. 4.

• There’s nothing terribly exciting about the nonconference schedule for Wake Forest under new coach Dave Clawson: home games against Gardner-Webb (Sept. 6) and Army (Sept. 20) and trips to Louisiana-Monroe (Aug. 28) and Utah State (Sept. 13). The Deacons do get a Thursday night ESPN home game Nov. 6 against Clemson, however.

• Another nationally prominent matchup on that first full weekend of Aug. 30 has defending national champ Florida State facing Oklahoma State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

• ACC newcomer Louisville will open with a home game against Miami on Monday, Sept. 1, on ESPN.

• The league’s Virginia schools will get at least one appetizing nonconference matchup: Virginia Tech will be at Ohio State on Sept. 6 and Virginia will host UCLA on Aug. 30.

• Notre Dame will play four ACC teams: at Syracuse (Sept. 27), North Carolina (Oct. 11), at Florida State (Oct. 18) and Louisville (Nov. 22). The Irish will play six games against ACC teams in 2015 then five against conference foes from 2016 on.

• It all will wrap up again with the ACC championship game Dec. 6 in Charlotte, the fifth consecutive year the game will be at Bank of America Stadium.

Scott: 704-358-5889; Twitter: @davidscott14
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