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2007 ACC Team-by-Team Schedules

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 29, 2007


The ACC schedule has been released, and it should be a far better season with several big matchups and some fantastic non-conference battles. Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each ACC team's 2007 schedule.

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when

Atlantic
1. Florida State
2. Maryland
3. Boston College
4. Clemson
5. NC State
6. Wake Forest

Coastal
1. Miami
2. Virginia Tech
3. Duke
4. Georgia Tech
5. Virginia
6. North Carolina

Atlantic Division
Boston College
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4
New head man Jeff Jagodzinski has a good team returning with the potential to get off to a big start if the Eagles can get by a road trip at Georgia Tech and the season-opener against the defending ACC champion, Wake Forest. Army, UMass and Bowling Green in a three-game lull should get the team fully tuned up for an absolutely brutal second half of the year. It doesn't get much tougher than at Notre Dame, at Virginia Tech, Florida State, at Maryland, at Clemson, Miami. Good luck, rook.

Boston College
Sept. 1 Wake Forest
Sept. 8 NC State
Sept. 15 at Georgia Tech
Sept. 22 Army
Sept. 29 Massachusetts
Oct. 6 Bowling Green
Oct. 13 at Notre Dame
Oct. 25 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 3 Florida State
Nov. 10 at Maryland
Nov. 17 at Clemson
Nov. 24 Miami
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Clemson
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4
It's manageable. Three of the four toughest ACC games (Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boston College) are in Death Valley, while the other, at Georgia Tech, comes early. There are just enough seemingly easy breaks throughout the year to let the Tigers catch their breath, while there aren't any painful stretches. However, there are two make-or-break two-game battles facing the Yellow Jackets and Hokies early, and Boston College and at South Carolina to close out the regular season.

Clemson
Sept. 3 Florida State
Sept. 8 UL Monroe
Sept. 15 Furman
Sept. 22 at NC State
Sept. 29 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 6 Virginia Tech
Oct. 20 Central Michigan
Oct. 27 at Maryland
Nov. 3 at Duke
Nov. 10 Wake Forest
Nov. 17 Boston College
Nov. 24 at South Carolina
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Florida State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4
The Noles had better be nasty road warriors or this could be a long year. Bobby Bowden's boys have to go away from Doak Campbell to play Clemson, Colorado, Alabama, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Virginia Tech before finishing up with the national champion Florida Gators. Oh yeah, and there are home dates with Miami and Maryland, who'll both be bowling. Three road games in the final four should make for an interesting November.

Florida State
Sept. 3 at Clemson
Sept. 8 UAB
Sept. 15 at Colorado
Sept. 29 Alabama (Jacksonville)
Oct. 6 NC State
Oct. 11 at Wake Forest
Oct. 20 Miami
Oct. 27 Duke
Nov. 3 at Boston College
Nov. 10 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 17 Maryland
Nov. 24 at Florida
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Maryland
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5
It's tougher than it might appear with several rough pockets and a tough finishing kick with three road games in the final four with the one home date against Boston College. Starting out with Villanova and at Florida International should tune everything up before dealing with Big East powerhouses West Virginia and Rutgers along with a road date at Wake Forest and a battle with Georgia Tech.

Maryland
Sept. 1 Villanova
Sept. 8 at FIU
Sept. 13 West Virginia 
Sept. 22 at Wake Forest
Sept. 29 at Rutgers
Oct. 6 Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 Virginia
Oct. 27 Clemson
Nov. 3 at North Carolina
Nov. 10 Boston College
Nov. 17 at Florida State
Nov. 24 at NC State
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

North Carolina State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5
There's no reason to use the schedule for an excuse if the season is average. Tom O'Brien has a few big landmines, but it's not all that bad overall. The toughest ACC games are on the road with a return back to Chestnut Hill to face Boston College early, while facing Florida State, Miami and Wake Forest later on. Getting Clemson and Louisville in late September will show just how quickly the new coaching staff has been able to turn things around.

NC State
Sept. 1 UCF
Sept. 8 at Boston College
Sept. 15 Wofford
Sept. 22 Clemson
Sept. 29 Louisville 
Oct. 6 at Florida State
Oct. 20 at East Carolina
Oct. 27 Virginia
Nov. 3 at Miami
Nov. 10 North Carolina
Nov. 17 at Wake Forest
Nov. 24 Maryland
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Wake Forest
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5
The defending champion will have a bull's-eye on its back, but it has two big chances right off the bat to prove how 2006 wasn't a fluke playing at Boston College, one of the preseason favorites for the ACC title, and Nebraska in the first two weeks. Things get far easier facing just four bowl teams from last year the rest of the way. On the down side, three of the final four games are on the road.

Wake Forest
Sept. 1 at Boston College
Sept. 8 Nebraska
Sept. 15 Army
Sept. 22 Maryland
Oct. 6 at Duke
Oct. 11 Florida State
Oct. 20 at Navy
Oct. 27 North Carolina
Nov. 3 at Virginia
Nov. 10 at Clemson
Nov. 17 NC State
Nov. 24 at Vanderbilt
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Coastal Division
Duke
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 6-6
Barring total disaster worst case record: 1-11
Realistic record: 3-9
It's Duke, so just getting a win would be nice. With an early four-game road stretch early on, it's going to be rough. Not only do the Blue Devils have to deal with the nasty start, they have to come home to face Wake Forest followed by Virginia Tech followed by a trip to Florida State. If that wasn't enough, they have to play Clemson and Georgia Tech before going to Notre Dame. Forget about a winning record with this slate.

Duke
Sept. 1 Connecticut
Sept.8 at Virginia
Sept. 15 at Northwestern
Sept. 22 at Navy
Sept. 29 at Miami
Oct. 6 Wake Forest
Oct. 13 Virginia Tech
Oct. 27 at Florida State
Nov. 3 Clemson
Nov. 10 Georgia Tech
Nov. 17 at Notre Dame
Nov. 24 at North Carolina
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Georgia Tech
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3
It's not bad. Four of the final five games are at home, and the one road date is at Duke. Boston College and Virginia Tech have to come to Atlanta, so if the Yellow Jackets can survive road dates at Virginia, Maryland and Miami, they should be in for a huge ACC year. Notre Dame is going to need time to jell, so going to South Bend for the season-opener might not be that bad. Georgia has to make the trip to Tech this year.

Georgia Tech
Sept. 1 at Notre Dame
Sept. 8 Samford
Sept. 15 Boston College
Sept. 22 at Virginia
Sept. 29 Clemson
Oct. 6 at Maryland
Oct. 13 at Miami
Oct. 20 Army
Nov. 1 Virginia Tech
Nov. 10 at Duke
Nov. 17 North Carolina
Nov. 24 Georgia
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Miami
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4
Randy Shannon had better have his team ready from the word go. Marshall won't win the opener, but the Thundering Herd defense will provide a nice tune-up for the trip to Oklahoma the following week. After what's sure to be an emotional game against FIU (considering last year's debacle), a very, very good Texas A&M team comes to Coral Gables. Georgia Tech kicks off a tough second half considering three of the final five games are on the road against other top contenders, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boston College.

Miami
Sept. 1 Marshall
Sept. 8 at Oklahoma
Sept. 15 FIU
Sept. 20 Texas A&M
Sept. 29 Duke
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 at Florida State
Nov. 3 NC State
Nov. 10 Virginia
Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 at Boston College
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

North Carolina
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 5-7
It's as good a schedule as new head man Butch Davis could reasonable ask for starting out with three games (James Madison, at East Carolina and Virginia) that are all winnable, while the second half of the year isn't bad helped by the yearly tussle with Duke to close things out. Of special note will be a home date on October 6th when Davis welcomes in his old program, Miami.

North Carolina
Sept. 1 James Madison
Sept. 8 at East Carolina
Sept. 15 Virginia
Sept. 22 at South Florida
Sept. 29 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 6 Miami
Oct. 13 South Carolina
Oct. 27 at Wake Forest
Nov. 3 Maryland
Nov. 10 at NC State
Nov. 17 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 24 Duke
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Virginia
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 7-5
A hot start is a must playing at Wyoming, Duke, and at North Carolina before dealing with Georgia Tech. Six of the first seven games are must-wins if the Cavaliers want to prove they're the real deal, but things get far tougher with three road games in four weeks with the one home game against Wake Forest. Closing out against Virginia Tech isn't a plus, but at least it's at home.

Virginia
Sept. 1 at Wyoming
Sept. 8 Duke
Sept. 15 at North Carolina
Sept. 22 Georgia Tech
Sept. 29 Pitt
Oct. 6 at Middle Tennessee
Oct. 13 Connecticut
Oct. 20 at Maryland
Oct. 27 at NC State
Nov. 3 Wake Forest
Nov. 10 at Miami
Nov. 24 Virginia Tech
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way

Virginia Tech
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 10-2
The first half of the year should be a walk in the park with the exception of a trip to LSU that'll be Tech's chance to make a national championship statement. Another trip to Death Valley, Clemson's version, will be the chance to make an ACC championship statement. After the layup at Duke, it gets rough playing Boston College, at Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami before finishing up at Virginia. 

Virginia Tech
Sept. 1 East Carolina
Sept. 8 at LSU
Sept. 15 Ohio
Sept. 22 William & Mary
Sept. 29 North Carolina
Oct. 6 at Clemson
Oct. 13 at Duke
Oct. 25 Boston College
Nov. 1 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 10 Florida State
Nov. 17 Miami
Nov. 24 at Virginia
- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way