Monday, February 25, 2013
News and notes off 2013 ACC schedule
By Andrea Adelson
With 14 teams and 113 games on the 2013 ACC schedule, there is a lot to digest in a short period of time. Here are a few quick notes and nuggets on each team's slate to get you started.
No ACC school will play fewer than six teams with six or more wins. Virginia which will face a league-high 10 opponents that fit the category, followed by Georgia Tech and Pitt, which will each face nine opponents with six or more wins in 2012.
- With Villanova now on the schedule, the two teams will play for the first time since 1980 and the 46th in series history.
- The Eagles' home schedule is front loaded. They close the season with three of their final four games on the road, including a date at New Mexico State on Nov. 9 in the middle of ACC play.
- The game between Georgia Tech and Clemson on Nov. 14 is the first home Thursday night game for the Tigers since Oct. 25, 2002, when Clemson played NC State, and just the third in history.
- This also marks just the second season that Clemson has played a pair of Thursday night games. The 2002 season was the only other year it has happened. With the two Thursday night games and byes, Clemson will not play on four Saturdays once the season begins (Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16).
- The Blue Devils opened last season with four straight nonconference games but that is not the case in 2013. Duke has two Coastal Division games in September, home against Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh, that could give it an early barometer on how it will fare this season.
- Duke only has two home games after its Oct. 12 game against Navy.
- After the game at BYU on Oct. 12, Tech will play just two road games. The final one is at Clemson on Nov. 14 -- its ACC finale. Georgia Tech ends the season at home with Alabama A&M and Georgia.
- Because Tech plays two FCS opponents -- Elon and Alabama A&M -- the Yellow Jackets will need to win a minimum of seven games to become bowl-eligible for the 17th consecutive season.
- Florida State does not have a Thursday night game for the first time since 2005.
- The Noles open at Pitt on Labor Day, the sixth time Florida State has played in the Monday night contest.
- Coach Jimbo Fisher says, "I am really excited about the 2013 schedule and it will provide great exposure for Florida State and the ACC. We are excited to open up the season with a great opponent like Pitt and getting to play a new opponent at their venue to welcome them to the ACC. We are looking forward to that.”
- Maryland is making its farewell ACC tour this year. The last conference game for the Terps? At NC State on Nov. 30. The last conference home game is against Boston College on Nov. 23.
- The Terps get all their nonconference games done and a bye before opening league play at Florida State on Oct. 5.
- Miami has seven home games. Nine of their 12 games are in the state of Florida.
- In fact, Miami plays six consecutive games in the state of Florida and will not play a non-Florida road game until Oct. 17 at North Carolina.
- Its huge rivalry game against Florida State is in Tallahassee on Nov. 2.
- North Carolina also has seven home games. The Heels host a Thursday night game for the second time in school history when they welcome Miami to Chapel Hill on Oct. 17 during UNC’s fall break.
- They also open at South Carolina on Thursday night. North Carolina is 6-4 all-time on ESPN Thursday night games. Coach Larry Fedora says, "Opening the season on the road at South Carolina is a great motivator for our offseason workouts and provides us with a tremendous opportunity on national television. We’ll have a similar opportunity later in the season when we host the Hurricanes on Thursday night. The atmosphere in the Tar Pit will be electric and we need our fans to continue to make Kenan Stadium a difficult venue for all of our opponents.”
- The Wolfpack will leave the state of North Carolina just twice this football season (at Florida State and at Boston College). The first game outside the state is in Tallahassee on Oct. 26.
- Five of the Wolfpack’s 2013 opponents ranked among the top 20 in the nation last year in total offense, including four that will play in Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack will also compete against all four of the other Division I schools in the state of North Carolina for the first time since 2008.
- To accommodate the Florida State opener, Old Dominion replaces Villanova on the Panthers' schedule. The Panthers will host Old Dominion on Oct. 19. Villanova, Pitt’s original season-opening opponent, will now open the season at Boston College.
- Says coach Paul Chryst, "Each and every week will present us with a significant challenge and opportunity. And season openers don’t get any bigger than facing the defending ACC champion, Florida State, on national television."
- The Orange will get all of their nonconference games out of the way before closing with eight league games, beginning Oct. 5 against Clemson. Even better for Syracuse, they have a bye before that game.
- Syracuse renews its old Big East rivalry with Boston College in the Carrier Dome on Nov. 30 to close the 2013 season.
- For the first time in Virginia’s history, the Cavaliers will play eight home games. Two are against top nonconference opponents BYU and Oregon to open the season.
- Coach Mike London says, "This is a very challenging schedule, but it is the type of schedule I want us to play each and every year. We will have to be our best in every practice and every game. With eight home games, our fans can really make a difference. We can’t do it without them."
- Virginia Tech will have a short week to prepare for Georgia Tech and the conference opener as the Hokies take on the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 26, after playing Marshall on Sept. 21. Georgia Tech has a short week, too, against a tougher opponent -- hosting North Carolina on Sept. 21.
- This is the first time since the 2001 season that Virginia Tech has not been the host for a Thursday night ESPN game.
- The first Saturday the Deacs play on will be Week 3. They open the season Thursday, Aug. 29 against Presbyterian and then play at Boston College the following Friday, Sept. 6.
- That BC game marks Wake Forest’s first regular-season Friday game since playing at Miami on Nov. 21, 1969.