2009 ACC Atlantic Division Ultimate Football Schedule

Brian: Collegehoops.net came up with their 2009 ultimate ACC Atlantic football schedule, picking a game a week following the same rules that ACC programs have to follow. Here are the rules:

  • Four non-conference games
  • Eight conference games (five within the division and three against Coastal Division opponents)
  • ACC Championship Game

Here is Collegehoops.net’s ultimate schedule:

Week 1: South Carolina at NC State (9/3)
Week 2: Clemson at Georgia Tech (9/10)
Week 3: Florida State at BYU (9/19)
Week 4: TCU at Clemson (9/26)
Week 5: Florida State at Boston College (10/3)
Week 6: Maryland at Wake Forest (10/10)
Week 7: NC State at Boston College (10/17)
Week 8: Florida State at North Carolina (10/22)
Week 9: NC State at Wake Forest (10/31)
Week 10: BYE Week (11/7)
Week 11: Clemson at NC State (11/14)
Week 12: NC State at Virginia Tech (11/21)
Week 13: Florida State at Florida (11/28)
Week 14: ACC Championship Game (12/5)

The ACC Atlantic ultimate schedule is a great idea, but I have some issues with this version of the ultimate Atlantic Division schedule. Namely, it’s far too NC State heavy. I’m a fan of Carter-Finley Stadium and everything, but there’s nothing "ultimate" about having to watch TOB and the Wolfpack five times in 2009. If I was going to come up with an ultimate ACC Atlantic schedule, it would look a little different (with changes in bold).

Week 1: Maryland at California (9/7)
Week 2: Clemson at Georgia Tech (9/10)
Week 3: Boston College at Clemson (9/19)
Week 4: TCU at Clemson (9/26)
Week 5: Florida State at Boston College (10/3)
Week 6: Boston College at Virginia Tech (10/10)
Week 7: Wake Forest at Clemson (10/17)
Week 8: Boston College at Notre Dame (10/24)
Week 9: BYE (10/31)
Week 10: Florida State at Clemson (11/7)
Week 11: Florida State at Wake Forest (11/14)

Week 12: NC State at Virginia Tech (11/21)
Week 13: Clemson at South Carolina (11/28)
Week 14: ACC Championship Game (Tampa, FL)

South Carolina at NC State doesn't really do anything for me. Replace this with Maryland's return trip to Pac-10 title contender California. In week 3, BC at Clemson will have Atlantic Division champ implications straight out of the gate, so this game is much better than FSU at BYU. In week 6, would you rather see the Maryland and Wake Forest pillow fight for last place in the Atlantic, or the fifth installment of BC vs. Virginia Tech in the last 3 years. Go with the ACC Championship Game x2 rematch. In week 7, I give the slight edge to Wake at Clemson instead of NC State at BC.

And in week 8, how can you not throw some love the Holy War’s way, as it’s possibly the last game in South Bend in a long time. Florida State vs. North Carolina isn’t that great of an intra-division game. Use week 9 for the BYE week instead of NC State at Wake Forest and go see Florida State travel to Death Valley in week 10. That game also has Division champ implications whereas NC State at Wake Forest likely won’t. In week 11, go check out FSU at Wake Forest as Wake has had the Seminoles number the last 3 years. Finally, I’d rather go to Clemson at South Carolina instead of Florida State at Florida. I’d simply rather go to a more competitive game, and Florida is going to run away with that game.

Jeff, your ultimate Atlantic Division schedule?

Jeff: How can you possibly choose Clemson vs. South Carolina instead of Florida State vs. Florida. Are you nuts? But anyway, for the rest of my schedule it would go something like this. Differences from your schedule are in bold.

Week 1: Miami at Florida State (9/7)
Week 2: Clemson at Georgia Tech (9/10)
Week 3: Boston College at Clemson (9/19)
Week 4: Rutgers at Maryland (9/26)
Week 5: Florida State at Boston College (10/3)
Week 6: Boston College at Virginia Tech (10/10)
Week 7: NC State at Boston College (10/17)
Week 8: Boston College at Notre Dame (10/24)
Week 9: NC State at Florida State (10/31)
Week 10: Florida State at Clemson (11/7)
Week 11: Florida State at Wake Forest (11/14)
Week 12: BYE (11/21)
Week 13: Florida State at Florida (11/28)
Week 14: ACC Championship Game (Tampa, FL)

I would must rather see the battle between Rutgers and Maryland than watching Clemson play a third week in a row and beat down TCU.

Brian: That would only be two straight games in Death Valley as the first game would be in Atlanta. What? I can't stay at your place for a week and catch both the BC and TCU games against Clemson? Sounds like a great week to me.

Jeff: My schedule leaves me 6 games with Florida State 5 games with Boston College, 3 with Clemson, 2 with NC State, and 1 each for Maryland and Wake Forest. Boston College and Clemson are the only stadiums I would like to visit twice. Sounds like a good year to me!


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