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2010 ACC Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown
North Carolina LB Quan Sturdivant
North Carolina LB Quan Sturdivant
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 12, 2010


Which teams have the easiest and the hardest slates? Check out the breakdowns and analysis of each ACC team's 2010 schedule.


2010 ACC Schedule

Atlantic Boston Coll | ClemsonFlorida St | Maryland | NC State | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

ACC Composite Schedules 2009 | 2008 | 2007
ACC Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2010 ACC Composite Schedule & Week Rankings

Boston College

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

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

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Weber State, Kent State, Notre Dame, at Syracuse
Games Against The Coastal: at Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: The Eagles start out without a game on the road until an October 9 trip to NC State, but the piper is paid in the end with three road games in the final four, all in November. On the plus side, through, the road trips are against Wake Forest, Duke, and Syracuse; none of the three went to a bowl last year, and the home date is against Virginia. Missing Georgia Tech and Miami is a positive, but getting Virginia Tech in the ACC home opener is hardly a breather as the start of a rough patch of Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, at NC State, and at Florida State in four straight weeks.

Sept. 4 Weber State
Sept. 11 Kent State
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 25 Virginia Tech 
Oct. 2 Notre Dame
Oct. 9 at NC State
Oct. 16 at Florida State
Oct. 23 Maryland
Oct. 30 Clemson
Nov. 6 at Wake Forest
Nov. 13 at Duke
Nov. 20 Virginia
Nov. 27 at Syracuse

Clemson

Non-Conference Schedule: North Texas, Presbyterian, at Auburn, South Carolina
Games Against The Coastal: Miami, at North Carolina, Georgia Tech
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: For the most part, it's a not-that-bad slate that gives the Tigers an honest shot at a second straight Atlantic title. Getting Georgia Tech and Miami from the Coastal hurts, but both games are at Death Valley. The biggest problem will be the key games in the Atlantic with battles against Boston College and Florida State, the only two teams with realistic shots at winning the title, on the road. The non-conference slate has a good balance of cupcake and tests with North Texas and Presbyterian offsetting a road trip to Auburn and the season-ender against South Carolina. The key to the season will be surviving the stretch of at Auburn, Miami, and at North Carolina before mid-October, but there are two weeks off before dealing with the Canes.

Sept. 4 North Texas
Sept. 11 Presbyterian
Sept. 18 at Auburn
Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
Oct. 2 Miami
Oct. 9 at North Carolina
Oct. 16 Maryland
Oct. 23 Georgia Tech
Oct. 30 at Boston College
Nov. 6 NC State
Nov. 13 at Florida State
Nov. 20 at Wake Forest
Nov. 27 South Carolina

Duke

Non-Conference Schedule: Elon, Alabama, Army, at Navy
Games Against The Atlantic: at Wake Forest, Maryland, Boston College
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: For almost anyone else this would be a manageable slate, but the Blue Devils can't take anyone for granted. After starting out with a layup against Elon the Blue Devils have to dive into ACC play on the road at Wake Forest before dealing with Alabama. There's a stretch of three road games in four in October going on the road to face Maryland, Virginia Tech and Navy, while the home came isn't a peach facing Miami. There will have to be a few big upsets to get to six wins and a bowl, and those might have to come in November with Virginia, Boston College, and North Carolina at home wrapped around a date at Georgia Tech.

Sept. 4 Elon
Sept. 11 at Wake Forest
Sept. 18 Alabama
Sept. 25 Army
Oct. 2 at Maryland
Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 Miami
Oct. 23 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 30 at Navy
Nov. 6 Virginia
Nov. 13 Boston College
Nov. 20 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 27 North Carolina

Florida State

Non-Conference Schedule: Samford, at Oklahoma, BYU, Florida
Games Against The Coastal: at Virginia, at Miami, North Carolina 
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: The non-conference schedule is as brutal as it gets. The scrimmage against Samford is more than forgivable with at Oklahoma, BYU, and Florida to deal with. The Noles will expect to beat BYU, and if they can split the other two their season might be made. The yearly game against Miami hurts coming on the road as part of an October with three road trips in four games, but if FSU is any good it needs to win at Virginia and NC State. Three of the final four games in Year One of the Jimbo Fisher era are at home, but they're hardly layups facing North Carolina, Clemson, and Florida with the lone road game at Maryland. Getting BC and UNC at home is the biggest break in the book in the hopes to win the Atlantic.

Sept. 4 Samford
Sept. 11 at Oklahoma
Sept. 18 BYU
Sept. 25 Wake Forest
Oct. 2 at Virginia
Oct. 9 at Miami
Oct. 16 Boston College
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 at NC State
Nov. 6 North Carolina
Nov. 13 Clemson
Nov. 20 at Maryland
Nov. 27 Florida

Georgia Tech

Non-Conference Schedule: South Carolina State, at Kansas, Middle Tennessee, at Georgia
Games Against The Atlantic: NC State, at Wake Forest, at Clemson
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: It's not going to be easy. The first half of the year is sneaky-tough with three road games in four weeks after starting out against South Carolina State. Going to Kansas will be interesting with a key Coastal battle at North Carolina coming up the following week. Having to go to Virginia Tech all but kills hopes of repeating as the ACC champion with a brutal three-game stretch of at Clemson, at Virginia Tech, and against Miami. If you thought the first part of the slate was interesting, that's nothing compared to the finishing kick with a trip to Georgia to close out the brutal finishing kick. The week off comes in between road games at Clemson and Virginia.

Sept. 4 SC State
Sept. 11 at Kansas
Sept. 18 at North Carolina
Sept. 25 NC State
Oct. 2 at Wake Forest
Oct. 9 Virginia
Oct. 16 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 23 at Clemson
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 at Virginia
Nov. 13 Miami
Nov. 20 Duke
Nov. 27 at Georgia

Maryland

Non-Conference Schedule: Navy, Morgan State, at West Virginia, FIU
Games Against The Coastal: Duke, at Miami, at Virginia
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: If the Terps can get by Navy in the season opener at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the first half of the season should be terrific with winnable games against Morgan State, FIU, and Duke before the break in early October. There's a road trip to West Virginia thrown in there, but a 4-1 start is a must with the brutal part of the slate kicking in with four road games in five weeks going to Clemson, Boston College, Miami, and Virginia with a home date against Wake Forest thrown in the middle. Closing out against Florida State and NC State isn't going to be easy, but those are home games that the Terps must split. On the plus side, getting Duke and Virginia from the Coastal is a huge break (but the other interdivisional game is against Miami).

Sept. 6 Navy
Sept. 11 Morgan State
Sept. 18 at West Virginia
Sept. 25 FIU
Oct. 2 Duke
Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
Oct. 16 at Clemson
Oct. 23 at Boston College
Oct. 30 Wake Forest
Nov. 6 at Miami
Nov. 13 at Virginia
Nov. 20 Florida State
Nov. 27 NC State

Miami

Non-Conference Schedule: Florida A&M, at Ohio State, at Pitt, South Florida
Games Against The Atlantic: at Clemson, Florida State, Maryland
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5.7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: Yeeeeeesh. After a light scrimmage against Florida A&M, the Canes have a lot of work to do going on the road for four of the next five games and five of the following seven. But those away games are against lightweights, right? At Ohio State, at Pitt, at Clemson, and those are just the first three road games coming before the home game showdown against Florida State. Making matters worse will be a road game against a Georgia Tech team that should be fired up after getting stomped on in last year's loss to the Canes, and that's followed up by a game against Virginia Tech to close out the ACC season. If that wasn't enough, South Florida comes to Miami in the season finale.

Sept. 2 Florida A&M
Sept. 11 at Ohio State
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 23 at Pitt
Oct. 2 at Clemson
Oct. 9 Florida State
Oct. 16 at Duke
Oct. 23 North Carolina
Oct. 30 at Virginia
Nov. 6 Maryland
Nov. 13 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 20 Virginia Tech
Nov. 27 South Florida

North Carolina

Non-Conference Schedule: LSU, at Rutgers, East Carolina William & Mary
Games Against The Atlantic: Clemson, at Florida State, NC State
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: This might be the most talented North Carolina team in several years, but it's going to be pushed hard over the first part of the season starting out against LSU in Atlanta and jumping into the ACC season with both feed facing Georgia Tech. On the plus side, the game at Rutgers is one of just three tough true road games that should be a challenge if UNC has its head on straight. The Virginia Tech game is in Chapel Hill, but that's coming after dealing with three road games in four weeks including dates with Miami and Florida State. There are just enough relative breathers thrown into the mix to allow the Tar Heels to take a little break in between several tough games, and getting NC State and Duke to close things out should help.

Sept. 4 LSU (in Atlanta)
Sept. 11 OPEN DATE
Sept. 18 Georgia Tech
Sept. 25 at Rutgers
Oct. 2 East Carolina
Oct. 9 Clemson
Oct. 16 at Virginia
Oct. 23 at Miami
Oct. 30 William & Mary
Nov. 6 at Florida State
Nov. 13 Virginia Tech
Nov. 20 NC State
Nov. 27 at Duke

NC State

Non-Conference Schedule: Western Carolina, at UCF, Cincinnati, at East Carolina
Games Against The Coastal: at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, at North Carolina
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: The non-conference schedule is light and squishy with only one game against a BCS team, Cincinnati, and this isn't going to be the Cincinnati of last year. But the Wolfpack needs the break considering it gets hammered by interdivisional play having to go to Georgia Tech and North Carolina to go along with a home game against Virginia Tech. There's no Duke or Virginia to count on for wins. In Atlantic play, State gets Florida State and Boston College at home but has to go on the road to face Clemson as part of a tough second half of the season with three road games in the final four and four of the last six. There aren't enough home games in a row to get comfortable with just two straight in early October.

Sept. 4 Western Carolina
Sept. 11 at UCF
Sept. 16 Cincinnati
Sept. 25 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 2 Virginia Tech
Oct. 9 Boston College
Oct. 16 at East Carolina
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 28 Florida State
Nov. 6 at Clemson
Nov. 13 Wake Forest
Nov. 20 at North Carolina
Nov. 27 at Maryland

Virginia

Non-Conference Schedule: Richmond, at USC, VMI, Eastern Michigan
Games Against The Atlantic: Florida State, Maryland, at Boston College
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: With the lightest and fluffiest non-conference schedule in the ACC, outside of a lambs-for-the-slaughter date at USC. there's no schedule excuse to not finish with six wins. However, it's going to take seven to get to a bowl game after scheduling Richmond (who isn't exactly a pushover from the FCS ranks) and VMI. (Remember, Kansas State got burned last year by going 6-6 with two FCS teams on the slate.) The wins might have to come early before a bear of a second half of the slate to handle facing Miami and three road games in the final four. If the Cavs can't beat Duke on the road it'll be uh-oh time with dates at Boston College and Virginia Tech still to deal with. But if the team makes a big comeback this year then the chances are there to make some Coastal noise getting Miami and North Carolina at home as part of a run of five home games in six weeks.

Sept. 4 Richmond
Sept. 11 at USC
Sept. 18 OPEN DATE
Sept. 25 VMI
Oct. 2 Florida State
Oct. 9 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 16 North Carolina
Oct. 23 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 30 Miami
Nov. 6 at Duke
Nov. 13 Maryland
Nov. 20 at Boston College
Nov. 27 at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Non-Conference Schedule: Boise State, James Madison, East Carolina, Central Michigan
Games Against The Atlantic: at Boston College, at NC State, Wake Forest
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Summary: The Hokies can make a major statement in the season opener at FedEx Field in Landover against Boise State. A win over the Broncos would set the tone for a big season with a relatively light slate, considering Tech plays in the tougher of the two ACC divisions, missing the big boys (Clemson and Florida State) from the Atlantic and getting Georgia Tech at home from the Coastal. Considering the Boise State game will be like a home date crowd-wise, seven of the first nine games are essentially at home including a nice run of four straight home dates in the middle of the season. Basically, there's no excuse to not be 9-0 before the piper is paid with road games at North Carolina and Miami in back-to-back weeks.

Sept. 6 Boise State (in Landover)br /> Sept. 11 James Madison
Sept. 18 East Carolina
Sept. 25 at Boston College
Oct. 2 at NC State
Oct. 9 Central Michigan
Oct. 16 Wake Forest
Oct. 23 Duke
Oct. 30 OPEN DATE
Nov. 4 Georgia Tech
Nov. 13 at North Carolina
Nov. 20 at Miami
Nov. 27 Virginia

Wake Forest

Non-Conference Schedule: Presbyterian, at Stanford, Navy, at Vanderbilt
Games Against The Coastal: Duke, Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech, 
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Summary: Starting out with Presbyterian and Duke should provide a decent base before dealing with road trips to Stanford and Florida State. The schedule is just a bit too tough, and the Demon Deacons are just too average, to have any dreams of winning the ACC title, but there are just enough winnable games against teams like Maryland, Vanderbilt, and NC State to hope for a bowl year. However, those three games are on the road are part of a run of four away games in the final six. Getting Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech from the Coastal is a horrible break, but that's balanced out a bit by getting Duke at home. Wake probably has to beat Navy and Vanderbilt to go bowling.

Sept. 2 Presbyterian
Sept. 11 Duke
Sept. 18 at Stanford
Sept. 25 at Florida State
Oct. 2 Georgia Tech
Oct. 9 Navy
Oct. 16 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
Oct. 30 at Maryland
Nov. 6 Boston College
Nov. 13 at NC State
Nov. 20 Clemson
Nov. 27 at Vanderbilt