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ACC announces 2005 college football schedule

Posted Thursday, January 20, 2005

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Thirteen-week schedule includes 48 conference matchups.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule released today by Commissioner John D. Swofford is comprised of 84 games, including 48 conference match-ups, over a span of 13 weeks.

The league's 53rd season will get underway Thursday, September 1 with Wake Forest hosting Vanderbilt in Groves Stadium and seven games on Saturday, September 3, including defending champion Virginia Tech visiting NC State in the first conference game of the season. Two days later, Florida State will host Miami in a Labor Day Monday night game televised nationally by ABC.

Seventeen of the league's 48 non-conference games are against teams that earned bowl berths in 2004, including second-ranked Auburn, No. 5 Utah, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Louisville, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 24 Navy and 25th-ranked Florida. Other non-conference opponents that earned bowl bids in 2004 include Colorado, Connecticut, Marshall, Southern Mississippi, Syracuse, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

For the fourth-straight year, the ACC had at least six teams take part in post-season play in 2004. With five of its 11 teams listed in the top 25, and nine in the top 50, the ACC, for the second-straight year, finished as the top-ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer poll. Virginia Tech's Hokies captured the 2004 ACC gridiron crown outright and were the league's third different BCS representative in the last four seasons.

Four ACC teams -- Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida State and Virginia -- were ranked in the final AP and Coaches' polls, while Boston College, which joins the league in July, 2005, was ranked 21st in both polls. In addition, the league set two attendance records in 2004 -- total attendance (3,693,032) and per game average (55,655).

The 2005 ACC football schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 1
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest

Saturday, September 3
Boston College at Brigham Young
Texas A&M at Clemson
Duke at East Carolina
Georgia Tech at Auburn
Maryland vs. Navy (Baltimore, Md.)
Virginia Tech at NC State
Western Michigan at Virginia

Monday, September 5
Miami at Florida State

Saturday, September 10
Army at Boston College
Clemson at Maryland
Virginia Tech at Duke
The Citadel at Florida State
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
NC State at Temple
Wake Forest at Nebraska

Saturday, September 17
Florida State at Boston College
Miami at Clemson
VMI at Duke
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
West Virginia at Maryland
Wisconsin at North Carolina
Eastern Kentucky at NC State
Virginia at Syracuse
East Carolina at Wake Forest

Saturday, September 24
Boston College at Clemson
Duke at Virginia
Connecticut at Georgia Tech
Maryland at Wake Forest
Colorado at Miami
North Carolina at NC State
Ohio at Virginia Tech

Saturday, October 1
Ball State at Boston College
Clemson at Wake Forest
Navy at Duke
Syracuse at Florida State
Virginia at Maryland
South Florida at Miami
Utah at North Carolina
Virginia Tech at West Virginia

Thursday, October 6
NC State at Georgia Tech

Saturday, October 8
Virginia at Boston College
Duke at Miami
Wake Forest at Florida State
Maryland at Temple
North Carolina at Louisville
Marshall at Virginia Tech

Thursday, October 13
Clemson at NC State

Saturday, October 15
Wake Forest at Boston College
Georgia Tech at Duke
Florida State at Virginia
Miami at Temple

Thursday, October 20
Virginia Tech at Maryland

Saturday, October 22
Temple at Clemson
Florida State at Duke
Georgia Tech at Miami
Virginia at North Carolina
NC State at Wake Forest

Thursday, October 27
Boston College at Virginia Tech

Saturday, October 29
Clemson at Georgia Tech
Wake Forest at Duke
Maryland at Florida State
North Carolina at Miami
Southern Mississippi at NC State

Saturday, November 5
Boston College at North Carolina
Duke at Clemson
NC State at Florida State
Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
Miami at Virginia Tech
Temple at Virginia

Saturday, November 12
NC State at Boston College
Florida State at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Virginia
Maryland at North Carolina

Thursday, November 17
Miami at Wake Forest

Saturday, November 19
Boston College at Maryland
Clemson at South Carolina
Duke at North Carolina
Virginia Tech at Virginia

Saturday, November 26
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Maryland at NC State
Virginia at Miami
North Carolina at Virginia Tech

 
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