The 2014 ACC football schedule drops later this afternoon. We know WHO the Eagles play and WHEN they'll play non-conference games against Massachusetts (Aug. 30), USC (Sep. 13) and Colorado State (Sep. 27). It's also largely assumed that Boston College will host Syracuse to end the season. The rest is still up in the air.
The ACC's 2014 football schedule will include several end-of-year matchups that could mushroom into permanent rivalries across the league.
Pitt at Miami, Syracuse at Boston College, Wake Forest at Duke and N.C. State at UNC will be played Thanksgiving week, according to a source with knowledge of the league's schedule, which will be released Wednesday.
The other six ACC teams will play in their already-established rivalries that week: FSU-Florida, Kentucky-Louisville, Virginia-Virginia Tech, Clemson-South Carolina and Georgia-Georgia Tech.
Sounds like fun, rivalry-filled weekend to end the season. It's a shame no one ever thought of this before.
Pairing cross-division rivals Wake Forest-Duke and N.C. State-North Carolina instead of avoiding season-ending inter-division matchups all all costs -- so, Wake Forest-N.C. State and Duke-North Carolina -- is the only real surprise with these pairings. Though I suppose if the league ends up with an all-Carolina ACC Championship Game rematch in consecutive weeks, the rematch in consecutive weeks part is the least of the league brass' concern.
For BC-Syracuse, it will be interesting to see if this game is moved to Thanksgiving Friday (November 28) instead of that Saturday. As part of the conference's new TV deal, ESPN has the right to televise three Friday night ACC games annually, with a standing commitment from BC and Syracuse to each host one game as well as a Thanksgiving Friday game. Syracuse must've talked its way out of its standing commitment, however, as last year's Friday ACC games included Miami-FAU, BC-Wake Forest and Miami-Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving Friday.