The long-awaited 2012 ACC football schedule has finally, officially been released.
A few highlights from the release:
On Labor Day, Virginia Tech will host Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., in a nationally-televised prime time contest on ESPN. Two games later the Hokies will face incoming ACC member Pittsburgh, on Sept. 15.
Miami will play Notre Dame on Oct. 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago and Virginia Tech will face Cincinnati on Sept. 29 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Additionally, a pair of ACC teams will participate in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff doubleheader, when NC State will face Tennessee on Aug. 31, and Clemson plays Auburn on Sept. 1, with both games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
ACC teams will also play 10 games against eight teams selected by ESPN.com in its early preseason Top 25 including matches with projected fifth-ranked Georgia (Georgia Tech), seventh-ranked West Virginia (Maryland) and 10th-ranked South Carolina (Clemson).
Boston College, Miami and Wake Forest will all play Notre Dame, and ACC teams will also play 12th-ranked Kansas State (Miami), 13th-ranked Stanford (Duke), 15th-ranked TCU (Virginia) and 25th-ranked Florida (Florida State).
We've got plenty of time between now and Labor Day to go over this schedule and we will — at length. Stay tuned, though, for a quick first-take.