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ACC releases entire 2014 schedule which includes a loaded rivalry weekend to end the season

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The ACC released its 2014 schedule Wednesday (USA Today Sports)

The ACC released its full league schedule Wednesday for the 2014 season – the first season with Louisville as a full-time member and the first year of the conference’s partnership with Notre Dame.

The schedule features numerous standout non-conference matchups including the defending national champions – Florida State – opening its season at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas against Oklahoma State as a part of the sixth annual Cowboys Classic.

Other notable non-conference games include Clemson’s opener at Georgia, Clemson's home finale against South Carolina, Virginia Tech’s Week 2 trip to Ohio State, Miami’s Week 4 trip to Nebraska, and Virginia’s opener at home against UCLA.

"This is an exciting time in ACC Football, and as we look ahead to the 2014 season, it’s clear that our teams have once again combined for a strong lineup of nonconference opponents, along with our competitive league schedule," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "In addition to the overall schedule and season, we look forward to welcoming Louisville into the ACC and beginning our annual scheduling agreement with Notre Dame.”

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Louisville with begin its season with a nationally televised ACC debut hosting Miami on Labor Day (Sept. 1), a Monday night.
  • Thursday night ESPN matchups: Virginia Tech at Pitt (Oct. 16), Miami at Virginia Tech (Oct. 23), Florida State at Louisville (Oct. 30), Clemson at Wake Forest (Nov. 6), and North Carolina at Duke (Nov. 20).
  • Friday night ESPN matchups: Pitt at Boston College (Sept. 5), Louisville at Syracuse (Oct. 3) and Virginia at Virginia Tech (Nov. 28).
  • Notre Dame travel to Syracuse (Sept. 27) and Florida State (Oct. 18) and host North Carolina (Oct. 11) and Louisville (Nov. 22).

Additionally, to end the season, there are a number of great rivalry games on the schedule following Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 29.

In addition to the usual Florida State-Florida, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech and Virginia-Virginia Tech (Friday Nov. 28) rivalries, in-state matchups between NC State and North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke, and Louisville and Kentucky will add to the intrigue of what could be an eventful final weekend of conference play. Miami and Pitt and Boston College and Syracuse will also close out the year against one another for the second season in a row.

The ACC Championship Game will round out the season on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The full schedule can be viewed here.

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