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College football: Ranking the ACC's non-conference schedules

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

Time to critique ACC football’s non-conference schedules, which aren’t nearly as strong as the ACC’s slate in 2012:

1. Clemson: Georgia, South Carolina State, The Citadel, at South Carolina. Two SEC heavyweights? Who schedules like that? Kudos to the Clemsons.

2. Virginia Tech: Alabama at Atlanta, Western Carolina, at East Carolina, Marshall. Good schedule.A national power, plus two solid mid-majors.

3. Miami: Florida Atlantic, Florida, Savannah State, at South Florida. Like always, the Hurricanes have a solid schedule. Not like always, they are playing hapless Savannah State.

4. Florida State: Nevada, Bethune-Cookman, Idaho, at Florida. The Seminoles often play a schedule better than this, but this isn’t bad.

5. Georgia Tech: Elon, at Brigham Young, Alabama A&M, Georgia. Two good games, two I-AA opponents.

6. Virginia: Brigham Young, Oregon, VMI, Ball State. All home games, but two of them against brand names.

7. Syracuse: Penn State at East Rutherford, N.J.; at Northwestern; Wagner; Tulane. The Orange played Penn State every year from 1944 through 1990, but only twice since.

8. Pittsburgh: New Mexico, Old Dominion, at Navy, Notre Dame. No Penn State. No West Virginia. That’s a crying shame.

9. North Carolina: at South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, East Carolina, Old Dominion. Does the loser of the Tar Heels-Gamecocks game have to refrain from referring to itself as “Carolina”?

10. Boston College: Villanova, at Southern Cal, Army, at New Mexico State. It would be difficult to find two locales more culturally different than Boston’s Chestnut Hill and Las Cruces, N.M.

11. Maryland: Florida International, Old Dominion, at Connecticut, West Virginia at Baltimore. I feel sort of bad ranking the Terrapins this low, considering they’ve got two games against fellow power-conference schools. But I look at this schedule and think blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

12. Wake Forest: Presbyterian, Louisiana-Monroe, at Army, at Vanderbilt. Not a good schedule, but still better than 40 percent of the Big 12 teams.

13. North Carolina State: Louisiana Tech, Richmond, Central Michigan, East Carolina. OK, now we’ve run out of even a quality opponent. And it’s even worse in the ACC. In the Big 12, that means three rumdum games. In the ACC, it’s four.

14. Duke: North Carolina Central, at Memphis, Troy, Navy. It’s hard to get too upset with the Blue Devils for playing such an atrocious schedule.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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