ACC Finally Releases 2013 College Football Schedule

By M. Shannon Smallwood
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlantic Coast Conference took its sweet time, but it finally released its full College Football schedule for 2013.

It seems ole Big 10 Commissioner Jimmy James Delany wanted to make sure it passed his approval before he would allow it to go public. Delany does love to meddle more in the business of ACC Football than he does with his own conference in the Big 10

(winks, fires air guns, smiles and checks daily bashing of Delany and the Big 10 off the list)

Despite the jokes, it is nice to see just how the ACC Football Schedule for 2013 will play out officially. It is definitely a new look slate with the addition of the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Syracuse Orange in what the conference is claiming to be its “most ambitious schedule in 61 years”.

Add with the expectations of the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles after its strong finish in 2012, maybe the conference does have something with this marketing campaign for 2013.

“The 2013 ACC Football schedule showcases some tremendous match-ups this year as our league is arguably playing the toughest non-conference schedule in the country,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “This is an exciting year as we look forward to welcoming Pitt and Syracuse into the ACC. Both teams are opening league play at home, with Florida State at Pitt on Labor Day Monday Night and in its first ACC game, Clemson at Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.”

The conference will still have two divisions with the Atlantic comprised of Syracuse, FSU, Clemson, the Wake
Forest Demon Deacons
North Carolina State WolfpackMaryland
and the Boston College Eagles. The Coastal Division will feature Pitt, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Virginia Cavaliers, North Carolina Tar Heels, Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Tech Hokies and the Duke Blue Devils.

There is no doubt the landscape of the ACC in terms of football has forever changed with the addition of the Orange and Panther fan bases. To be honest, it will be kind of cool to see some ACC teams attempt to bring some excitement back to the Carrier Dome and the New York TV market. If there is even a TV market for College Football in New York?

But the magic in this season’s schedule centers around the stated toughness of its opponents. On paper, for now, the ACC has 23 of its 56 against 17 teams that earned a Bowl Game berth in 2012 and, overall, all non-conference opponents finished with a winning percentage of .558 last season. When you look at those two stats, the ACC leads the BCS in strength of its 2013 schedule.

So with any further ramblings, here is the 2013 ACC Football Schedule. More insight and discussion will follow each week until the season kicks off with the North Carolina Tar Heels at the South Carolina Gamecocks in an ACC vs SEC battle on Thursday night on ESPN.



Thursday, August 29
North Carolina at South Carolina, ESPN
Presbyterian at Wake Forest

Friday, August 30
Florida Atlantic at Miami

Saturday, August 31
Villanova at Boston College
Georgia at Clemson
NC Central at Duke
Elon at Georgia Tech
Florida International at Maryland
Louisiana Tech at NC State
Penn State vs. Syracuse — MetLife Stadium, The MeadowlandsEast Rutherford, New Jersey
BYU at Virginia
Alabama vs. Virginia Tech — Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Monday, September 2
Florida State at Pittsburgh, ESPN, 8 pm

Friday, September 6
Wake Forest at Boston College, ESPN or ESPN2

Saturday, September 7
South Carolina State at Clemson
Duke at Memphis
Old Dominion at Maryland
Florida at Miami
Middle Tennessee at North Carolina
Richmond at NC State
Syracuse at Northwestern
Oregon at Virginia
Western Carolina at Virginia Tech

Saturday, September 14
Boston College at Southern California
Georgia Tech at Duke
Nevada at Florida State
Maryland at Connecticut
New Mexico at Pittsburgh
Wagner at Syracuse
Virginia Tech at East Carolina
Louisiana-Monroe at Wake Forest

Thursday, September 19
Clemson at NC State, ESPN
Saturday, September 21
Pittsburgh at Duke
Bethune-Cookman at Florida State
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
West Virginia vs. Maryland — M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
Savannah State at Miami
Tulane at Syracuse
VMI at Virginia
Marshall at Virginia Tech
Wake Forest at Army

Thursday, September 26
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, ESPN

Saturday, September 28
Florida State at Boston College
Wake Forest at Clemson
Troy at Duke
Miami at South Florida
East Carolina at North Carolina
Central Michigan at NC State
Virginia at Pittsburgh

Saturday, October 5
Army at Boston College
Clemson at Syracuse
Maryland at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Miami
North Carolina at Virginia Tech
NC State at Wake Forest
Ball State at Virginia

Saturday, October 12
Boston College at Clemson
Navy at Duke
Georgia Tech at BYU
Virginia at Maryland
Syracuse at NC State
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech

Thursday, October 17
Miami at North Carolina, ESPN

Saturday, October 19
Florida State at Clemson
Duke at Virginia
Syracuse at Georgia Tech
Maryland at Wake Forest
Old Dominion at Pittsburgh

Saturday, October 26
Boston College at North Carolina
Clemson at Maryland
Duke at Virginia Tech
NC State at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Virginia
Wake Forest at Miami
Pittsburgh at Navy

Saturday, November 2
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Clemson at Virginia
Miami at Florida State
Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
North Carolina at NC State
Wake Forest at Syracuse

Saturday, November 9
Boston College at New Mexico State
NC State at Duke
Florida State at Wake Forest
Syracuse at Maryland
Virginia Tech at Miami
Virginia at North Carolina
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

Thursday, November 14
Georgia Tech at Clemson, ESPN

Saturday, November 16
NC State at Boston College
Miami at Duke
Syracuse at Florida State
Maryland at Virginia Tech
North Carolina at Pittsburgh

Saturday, November 23
Boston College at Maryland
The Citadel at Clemson
Duke at Wake Forest
Idaho at Florida State
Alabama A&M at Georgia Tech
Virginia at Miami
Old Dominion at North Carolina
East Carolina at NC State
Pittsburgh at Syracuse

Friday, November 29
Miami at Pittsburgh, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2

Saturday, November 30
Boston College at Syracuse
Clemson at South Carolina
Duke at North Carolina
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Maryland at NC State
Virginia Tech at Virginia
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt

Saturday, December 7
Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game — Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina


M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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