Power 5 matchups highlight opening week of ACC schedule

Quarterback Justin Thomas will lead Georgia Tech to Notre Dame on Sept. 19. (AP photo)

Quarterback Justin Thomas will lead Georgia Tech to Notre Dame on Sept. 19. (AP photo)

ACC teams will play on four Thursday nights, on five Fridays and one on

Monday next season, according to the 2015 conference schedule, released Thursday.

(If you don’t like that one, here’s one with helmet logos.)

South Carolina and North Carolina will meet in Charlotte on Sept. 3 to open the season, a night that includes Duke at Tulane, Alcorn State at Georgia Tech and Elon at Wake Forest.

Louisville will play Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome and Virginia will play at UCLA on Sept. 5 and defending national champion Ohio State will play at Virginia Tech on Labor Day (Sept. 7) to highlight the opening weekend.

The ACC finished the regular season strong, going 4-0 against SEC teams on the final weekend, but was 4-7 in bowl games.

Other highlights:

Clemson at Louisville, Thursday, Sept. 17

Florida State at Boston College, Friday, Sept. 18

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, Saturday, Sept. 19

Notre Dame at Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 3

Miami at Florida State, Saturday, Oct. 10

Florida State at Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 24

Florida State at Clemson, Saturday, Nov. 7 (I’m glad to see this one moved to later in the season.)

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, Thursday, Nov. 12

Notre Dame vs. Boston College (at Fenway Park), Saturday, Nov. 21

Notes from the ACC:

  • ACC teams are playing a higher percentage of Power Five Conference teams (38 percent) than any other Power Five Conference.
  • ACC teams are also playing games against opponents who had a higher FBS (.536) and overall (.536) winning percentage in 2014 than any other Power Five Conference.
  • ACC teams also will play 24 games against non-conference opponents that played in bowl games in 2014. That total is the second-highest total of any Power Five Conference.


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