The ACC released its 2013 home and away conference opponents on Friday, the first league schedule to include newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Each team will play eight conference games: six within the division (three home, three road), one primary crossover and a rotating crossover.
Not many surprises here if you assumed that the league would keep the existing divisional rotation in tact. From the Atlantic Division, Boston College draws Florida State, N.C. State and Wake Forest at home (all three were road games in 2012), while traveling to Clemson, College Park and Syracuse. The Eagles previously scheduled non-conference game with the Orange was meant to be a BC home game in 2013, but with Syracuse joining the Atlantic Division and the league keeping the division rotation as is, Syracuse becomes a road game to keep the balance of three home, three road. BC and Syracuse will play consecutive games in the same location for the first time since 1971, and only the third time in the 46 game series history.
The one change to the rotation is BC will host the Hokies at home for the second straight season and travel to Chapel Hill for their road Coastal Division game.
Though the conference only released the 2013 opponents at this time, this schedule module might be used as the basis for the full, multi-year rotation once Louisville replaces Maryland in 2014. Overall, this is a much more balanced schedule for BC. In recent years, BC drew better at home in seasons when both Clemson and Virginia Tech visited Chestnut Hill. Should this model be used going forward, this puts Virginia Tech and Clemson home games on alternating years.
I would think having Florida State and Virginia Tech hit the Heights in odd-numbered years and Clemson and Syracuse in even-numbered years is a good balance that will help the program even out the ebbs and flows of yearly per-game home attendance.
Here's the Eagles' rotation for 2013:
In addition, BC will play Army (October 5), New Mexico State and Stony Brook (August 31) at home, and travel to Los Angeles to take on USC on September 14. Let those 6-6 (3-5 ACC) and Military Bowl predictions flow.