ACC kicks off Sept. 1

Published 8:06am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

After giving a little insight into the opening week for SEC games, I was asked to show “a little love for the ACC.”

With that request, I guess it would be nice to appease the Florida State fans that live around the area. WIth that said here are the opening week games for the ACC.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, two ACC teams will open their seasons as Georgia Tech takes on Western Carolina and Wake Forest faces Syracuse. Tech should get the easy win, while Wake Forest could be in trouble against an improving Syracuse program.

On Saturday, action kicks off with Boston College playing Northwestern in what should be a challenging game for both schools.

Virginia Tech steps away from opening the season against Top 5 competition to open with Appalachian State. This game could be a nice match up especially with State’s upset of Michigan in 2007 and Tech’s fall to James Madison last season.

Clemson hosts Troy with Dabo Swinney looking to turn things around after a below par season in 2010.

Florida State is a favorite to win the ACC, and they open the season with a game against Louisiana-Monroe. Jimbo Fisher should be happy when this one ends.

North Carolina and North Carolina State each open with FCS teams. The Tar Heels begin the post-Butch Davis era with James Madison, while the Wolfpack host Liberty. One of these coud be an upset, and I’m not thinking that the Wolfpack lose.

Virginia hosts William & Mary in a 6 p.m. game with Mike London looking to start his second season off strong. The Cavaliers should get him an easy win.

Duke plays host to the Richmond Spiders. David Cutcliffe has turned a corner at Duke, but has yet to make a bowl. A win here would be a step in the right direction.

On Labor Day, Maryland hosts Miami in a battle of new coaches. Randy Edsall will try to outcoach Al Golden in each coaches first game with their new team. This could be an impressive conference battle.

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