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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Ranking ACC's 2014 nonconference skeds

By Heather Dinich and Andrea Adelson

There are plenty of intriguing matchups throughout the ACC in 2014, and there are also a few fluff schedules that should make for some sleepy September lineups. Andrea Adelson and Heather Dinich factored in opponent records, home and away games, and level of competition when trying to determine who had the toughest nonconference schedule in the ACC this year -- and who had the weakest.

Here's our lineup, starting with the most difficult (*denotes FCS opponents):

FLORIDA STATE: Oklahoma State (10-3), *The Citadel (5-7), Notre Dame (9-4), Florida (4-8) CLEMSON: At Georgia (8-5), *South Carolina State (9-4), Georgia State (0-12), South Carolina (11-2) NORTH CAROLINA: *Liberty (8-4), San Diego State (8-5), at East Carolina (10-3), at Notre Dame (9-4) VIRGINIA TECH: *William & Mary (7-5), At Ohio State (12-2), East Carolina (10-3), Western Michigan (1-11) MIAMI: *Florida A&M (3-9), Arkansas State (8-5), at Nebraska (9-4), Cincinnati (9-4) VIRGINIA: UCLA (10-3), *Richmond (6-6), at BYU (8-5), Kent State (4-8) SYRACUSE: *Villanova (6-5), At Central Michigan (6-6), Maryland (7-6), Notre Dame (9-4) BOSTON COLLEGE: At UMass (1-11), USC (10-4), *Maine (10-3), Colorado State (8-6) GEORGIA TECH: *Wofford (5-6), at Tulane (7-6), Georgia Southern (7-4), At Georgia (8-5) LOUISVILLE: *Murray State (6-6), At FIU (1-11), At Notre Dame (9-4), Kentucky (2-10) WAKE FOREST: At Louisiana-Monroe (6-6), *Gardner-Webb (7-5), At Utah State (9-5), Army (3-9) PITT: *Delaware (7-5), At FIU (1-11), Iowa (8-5), Akron (5-7) DUKE: *Elon (2-10), at Troy (6-6), Kansas (3-9), Tulane (7-6) NC STATE: Georgia Southern (7-4), Old Dominion (8-4), At South Florida (2-10), *Presbyterian (3-8)