Clemson begins ACC title defense with trip to Louisville

Dr. Saturday
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/254458/" data-ylk="slk:Lamar Jackson">Lamar Jackson</a> gets a rematch with Clemson on Sep. 16. (Getty)
Lamar Jackson gets a rematch with Clemson on Sep. 16. (Getty)

Louisville is hosting a big conference game in September again.

The Cardinals and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson will host national champion Clemson on Sep. 16, 2017. The matchup is the first ACC game for Clemson and the second for Louisville. The Cardinals open ACC play a week earlier with a trip to North Carolina.

A monster game at home vs. an ACC foe in September 2016 worked out pretty well for Louisville. The Cardinals demolished Florida State 63-20 on Sept. 17, a game that helped boost Jackson to a Heisman frontrunner status that he wouldn’t relinquish all season.

Clemson hosts Florida State on Nov. 11 while the Cardinals visit the Seminoles on Oct. 21. If a team gets through that triple-threat match undefeated, it’ll be the odds-on favorite for the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

Here’s the rest of the 2017 ACC schedule that was announced Tuesday.

Sep. 9
Wake Forest at Boston College
Louisville at North Carolina

Sep. 16
Notre Dame at Boston College
Clemson at Louisville
Miami at Florida State

Sep. 23
Boston College at Clemson
Duke at North Carolina
NC State at Florida State
Pitt at Georgia Tech

Sep. 29
Miami at Duke

Sep. 30
Clemson at Virginia Tech
Florida State at Wake Forest
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Syracuse at NC State

Oct. 5
Louisville at NC State

Oct. 7
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Wake Forest at Clemson
Duke at Virginia
Notre Dame at North Carolina
Pitt at Syracuse

Oct. 12
Georgia Tech at Miami

Oct. 13
Clemson at Syracuse

Oct. 14
Boston College at Louisville
Florida State at Duke
Virginia at North Carolina
NC State at Pitt

Oct. 21
Boston College at Virginia
Pitt at Duke
Louisville at Florida State
Syracuse at Miami
North Carolina at Virginia Tech

Oct. 27
Florida State at Boston College

Oct. 28
Georgia Tech at Clemson
Duke at Virginia Tech
Louisville at Wake Forest
Miami at North Carolina
NC State at Notre Dame
Virginia at Pitt

Nov. 4
Clemson at NC State
Syracuse at Florida STate
Georgia Tech at Virginia
Virginia Tech at Miami
Wake Forest at Notre Dame

Nov. 9
North Carolina at Pitt

Nov. 11
NC State at Boston College
Florida State at Clemson
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Virginia at Louisville
Notre Dame at Miami
Wake Forest at Syracuse

Nov. 18
Georgia Tech at Duke
Syracuse at Louisville
Virginia at Miami
Pitt at Virginia Tech
NC State at Wake Forest

Nov. 24
Miami at Pitt
Virginia Tech at Virginia

Nov. 25
Boston College at Syracuse
Duke at Wake Forest
North Carolina at NC State

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