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Feb. 4, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule released today by Commissioner John D. 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 2009 in post-season bowl games.
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 ESPN.com 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), Florida, Georgia, LSU, Middle Tennessee, Navy (3), 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 ESPN.com rankings, playing Boise State, ESPN.com'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 available at the following links: