Boston College Football Schedule: ACC Opponents Set Through 2024

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On Tuesday, the ACC released an "equitable" 12-year schedule for the rotating crossover conference opponents for its football-playing member schools, giving league members a glimpse at the conference slate starting this season and lasting through 2024. While the scheduling model is mildly interesting in its own right -- and we'll get to it in a minute -- the more interesting sub-text from today's announcement:

-- No division realignment. No North-South. No Big East-ACC. Just Atlantic and Coastal. Deep down you know the conference brass wasn't going to improve on the current divisional alignment. It makes the confirmation no less disappointing.

-- No schedule format changes. The eight-game conference schedule includes six divisional opponents, one primary crossover team from the opposite division which does not change, and one rotating team from the opposite division which does change. Basically, nothing changes from 2013.

-- No crossover changes. Crossover opponents remain unchanged, with Louisville replacing Maryland as Virginia's crossover opponent. If you thought BC-Virginia Tech was forced, you are going to love Louisville-Virginia (two games in the all-time series, none as recent as 1989)*

Other than that, the new scheduling model is pretty straight forward. If going by relative program strength from 2005-2012, I'd say most reasonable individuals would rank the Coastal as follows:

1. Virginia Tech
2. Georgia Tech
3. Miami
4. Pittsburgh (but playing a Big East schedule so, debatable)
5. Virginia
6. North Carolina
7. Duke

So BC, for being "rewarded" with having to play the best program in the post-expansion ACC from the other division annually, draws Pittsburgh (fourth) and Duke (last) in 2014 and 2015, respectively. That should give Addazio and the program time to build back up the program before having to run an annual gauntlet of Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech and, say, Miami or North Carolina. The Pitt home game next year should bolster an already strong slate of home games including Clemson, Syracuse and USC.

It's not until 2018 that the Eagles next face the Miami Hurricanes and it'll be 12 years between trips to South Beach for the program. Despite moving with the University of Miami to the ACC in 2003-04, BC will now play a non-conference game against Notre Dame at least twice as often as they'll face Miami. Totally akes sense.

Here's the composite Eagles football schedule through 2024:

2013
Home: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Away: Clemson, Maryland, Syracuse, North Carolina

2014
Home: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh
Away: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech

2015
Home: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Away: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Duke

2016
Home: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgia Tech
Away: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech

2017
Home: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Away: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia

2018
Home: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Miami
Away: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech

2019
Home: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Away: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh

2020
Home: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, North Carolina
Away: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech

2021
Home: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Away: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgia Tech

2022
Home: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Duke
Away: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech

2023
Home: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech
Away: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Miami

2024
Home: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia
Away: Florida State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, North Carolina

* Really simple fix here was to swap Boston College-Virginia Tech and Louisville-Virginia with Boston College-Virginia and Louisville-Virginia Tech but whatever ACC you do you. What's someone going to do at this point? Leave?

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