Let’s take a look at the top five ACC games this season.
Miami at Louisville, Sept. 1 (Monday)
Hey, Louisville. Welcome to the ACC. The Cardinals and coach Bobby Petrino will make their conference debut in prime time. Controversy has followed Petrino to Louisville, which will have a new QB after Teddy Bridgewater went to the NFL.
Clemson at Florida State, Sept. 20
What a debacle for Clemson last season. ABC’s cameras made sure the nation saw FSU’s 51-14 dismantling of the Tigers. Jameis Winston’s quick strikes were too much for Clemson. Guess what? Winston is back and this year’s game is in Tallahassee.
North Carolina at Clemson, Sept. 27
Can the Tigers handle two huge games in as many weeks and the third (along with Georgia in the opener) in the season’s first month? The Tar Heels have 17 returning starters from a team that won six of its final seven games in 2013 and enter this season ranked 23rd.
Florida State at Louisville, Oct. 30 (Thursday)
Louisville’s season will hang on a four-week stretch that culminates with a visit from the Seminoles. That comes after a trip to Clemson and a home game against N.C. State. It’ll be interesting to see what Winston can do against Todd Grantham’s defense.
Florida State at Miami, Nov. 15
The Seminoles play several critical games, but that’s what happens when you’re the defending national champions. This rivalry is great for college football, harkening to the 1980s and ’90s, when these programs were national title contenders every year.