ACC football

After coming within a touchdown of claiming two of the last three national championships, one can claim ACC football is stronger than ever. Clemson and Florida State are national mainstays, North Carolina and Louisville are surging, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Syracuse each completed a round of solid-to-great head coaching hires, and Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and even Duke are on solid footing as programs.

Heading what should be one of the league’s most-anticipated and hotly-competitive seasons, the league announced its 2016 schedule on Tuesday.

The full schedule can be found here, but we’ve cherry-picked the most interesting games for you below.

Week 1 (Sept. 1-5)
Georgia Tech at Boston College – from Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland
Clemson at Auburn
North Carolina vs. Georgia – from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta
Florida State vs. Ole Miss – from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando (Monday)

Week 2 (Sept. 9-10)
Louisville at Syracuse – Dino Babers’ ACC debut (Friday)
Virginia at Oregon
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee – from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

Week 3 (Sept. 17)
Boston College at Virginia Tech – Justin Fuente’s ACC debut
Duke at Northwestern
Florida State at Louisville
Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State

Week 4 (Sept. 22-24)
Clemson at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
Duke at Notre Dame

Week 5 (Oct. 1)
Louisville at Clemson
North Carolina at Florida State
Miami at Georgia Tech – Mark Richt’s ACC debut
Virginia at Duke – Bronco Mendenhall’s ACC debut
Notre Dame vs. Syracuse – from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Week 6 (Oct. 7-8)
Clemson at Boston College (Friday)
Florida State at Miami
Notre Dame at N.C. State

Week 7 (Oct. 14-15)
Duke at Louisville (Friday)
North Carolina at Miami

Week 8 (Oct. 20-22)
Miami at Virginia Tech (Thursday)
N.C. State at Louisville

Week 9 (Oct. 27-29)
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh (Thursday)
Clemson at Florida State
Miami at Notre Dame

Week 10 (Nov. 5)
Florida State at N.C. State
Syracuse at Clemson

Week 11 (Nov. 10-12)
North Carolina at Duke (Thursday)
Boson College at Florida State (Friday)
Georgia Tech at Virginia TechWeek 12 (Nov. 17-19)
Louisville at Houston (Thursday or Saturday)
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame

Week 13 (Nov. 26)
South Carolina at Clemson
Florida at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Georgia
Kentucky at Louisville
Virginia at Virginia Tech

Week 14 (Dec. 3)
ACC Championship – from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.