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Countdown to kickoff: No. 4

There are four more weekdays until NC State kicks off against Tennessee in Atlanta on Friday. We’re counting down with 25 reasons to be excited about ACC football this year. This list features coaches, players, games, themes, position groups -- 25 things for you to look forward to.

The countdown to kickoff continues with …

No. 4 Labor Day. Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech is one of the must-see games on the ACC schedule, and it will feature the two frontrunners in the Coastal Division in a matchup that has historically determined the division winner. The fact that it’s a night game in Blacksburg adds to the excitement of it, as Lane Stadium is arguably the best gameday atmosphere in the ACC. This is the game that has been talked about and previewed all summer. The Hokies have had ample time to prepare for Paul Johnson’s spread option offense, but Johnson will tell you it’s not much of an advantage if his team has had the same amount of time to prepare for Virginia Tech. There’s been an added sense of urgency for both programs this summer, knowing a lead in the division standings will be at stake in Week 1.

No. 5: The winningest active coach in college football

No. 6: The ACC championship game

No. 7: Florida State's defensive line

No. 8: Thursday night games

No. 9: Atlanta

No. 10: NC State's secondary

No. 11: SEC rivalry games

No. 12: Virginia Tech's 10-game winning streak

No. 13: Florida State vs. Clemson

No. 14: North Carolina vs. NC State

No. 15: Unofficial state championships

No. 16: Talented true freshmen

No. 17: Unpredictability

No. 18: ACC vs. Notre Dame

No. 19: Clemson's offensive playmakers

No. 20: The ACC's record chasers

No. 21: Larry Fedora

No. 22: One of the nation's top rushing offenses

No. 23: The last season before expansion

No. 24: Brent Venables

No. 25: A fresh start at Maryland