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10 Best ACC Football Games to Watch in 2014

The 10 Best ACC Football Games to Watch in 2014

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The ACC is filled with several intriguing teams this season which will lead to an unpredictable 2014 season. Every season in the ACC, there are a handful of games that decide the fate of the conference, and while no game should be overlooked, these 10 are the best ACC football games to watch in 2014.

10. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Sept. 20)

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10. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Sept. 20)

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In one of the most physical games in the ACC of 2013, the Hokies were able to hold off Paul Johnson's triple-option offense and handed the Yellow Jackets a stunning 13-10 loss at home. In each team's ACC season opener, the Yellow Jackets will look to return the favor as they travel to Blacksburg.

9. Duke at Miami (Sept. 27)

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9. Duke at Miami (Sept. 27)

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In perhaps the second most stunning game in the ACC last season, Duke dismantled the Hurricanes 48-30, giving the Hurricanes their third consecutive loss of the season. With Duke setting out to prove that they are far from a one-hit wonder, the Blue Devils will travel to Miami to take on a Hurricanes team that won't forget what happened last year. This game will tell if Duke is a true contender this season.

8. North Carolina at Clemson (Sept. 27)

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8. North Carolina at Clemson (Sept. 27)

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North Carolina and Clemson last played in 2011 as the Tigers routed the Tar Heels 59-38. A lot has changed since for both teams. Clemson will be without Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd while the Tar Heels will be without Eric Ebron and Bryn Renner. This could be a letdown game for Clemson as they will have faced Florida State the week before.

7. Miami at Virginia Tech (Oct. 23)

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7. Miami at Virginia Tech (Oct. 23)

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After losing a tough matchup to Florida State in Tallahassee last season, the Hurricanes fell flat at home against Virginia Tech and got crushed by the Hokies 42-24. This loss all but eliminated Miami from title contention within the ACC. This season, the Hurricanes travel to Blacksburg as they try to exact some form of revenge against the Hokies in their own stadium.

6. Virginia Tech at Duke (Nov. 15)

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6. Virginia Tech at Duke (Nov. 15)

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Last season, these two teams met in one of the best games in the conference. Duke held on and defeated Virginia Tech in a defensive slugfest 13-10. That win allowed Duke to go on a four-game winning streak to end the season, winning the Coastal division. This season, Virginia Tech will look to return the favor as they travel to Durham.

5. Miami at Louisville (Sept. 1)

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5. Miami at Louisville (Sept. 1)

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In Louisville's first game as an opponent, the Cardinals host Miami, a team that they thoroughly dominated in last year's Russell Athletic Bowl. This season will be different, however, as the Cardinals replaced Charlie Strong with Bobby Petrino and are without star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who went on to the NFL.

4. Florida State at Miami (Nov. 15)

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4. Florida State at Miami (Nov. 15)

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Florida State and Miami have always had a great rivalry, even when one or both have struggled. This year will be no exception as the Seminoles travel to take on the Hurricanes. Miami hung tough with the Seminoles in the first half of last year's game, but Florida State had too much firepower and blew the game wide open. Miami will be looking to get revenge this time around at home.

3. North Carolina at Duke (Nov. 20)

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3. North Carolina at Duke (Nov. 20)

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Normally a matchup between Duke and North Carolina in basketball is intriguing, but this season could be the start of a true rivalry in football. Duke is coming off a Cinderella season in 2013 while the Tar Heels stumbled a bit after having some success in the past. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils square off in Week 11 of the regular season, and this matchup could very well decide the Coastal division in 2014.

2. Florida State at Louisville (Oct. 30)

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2. Florida State at Louisville (Oct. 30)

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Bobby Petrino's biggest test in his first year in the ACC will come when the Cardinals take on the defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 30. Whoever gets past this game could be in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic division late in the season.

1. Clemson at Florida State (Sept. 20)

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1. Clemson at Florida State (Sept. 20)

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In what is likely to be the game of the year in the ACC, the Clemson Tigers travel to Florida State in Week 3 of the regular season. After Florida State waxed the Tigers in Clemson last year, Clemson will look to return the favor against the defending National Champions in their own stadium.

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