Need a little help navigating the 2014 ACC football schedule? Here’s a look at the one game on each team’s schedule fans, coaches and players can circle based on importance, timing or relevance in the conference big picture:
Sept. 5 vs. Pittsburgh | It’s the home-opener for the Eagles, and the first of two Friday night games on the ACC’s schedule this coming season (Virginia at Virginia Tech on Nov. 28 is the other).
Sept. 20 at Florida State | The Tigers’ first ACC game since Phoebus High graduate Tajh Boyd’s graduation will be against arguably their most hated conference rival.
Nov. 20 vs. North Carolina | Duke reaps the rewards of its surprising 2013 season with its first home game on a Thursday night since 1994, and its first appearance anywhere on Thursday night since ’96.
Oct. 18 vs. Notre Dame | Though FSU’s neutral-field season opener against Oklahoma State will be interesting, Notre Dame could be the most difficult non-conference game on the Seminoles’ slate.
Sept. 20 at Virginia Tech | Georgia Tech, which lost 17-10 at home in September to Virginia Tech, came one conference win shy of going to the ACC title game last season (would’ve topped Duke in a tiebreaker with 6-2 conference records because it beat the Blue Devils).
Sept. 1 vs. Miami | The Bobby Petrino era at Louisville (Part II) and the Cardinals’ ACC journey begins with a nationally televised Monday night Labor Day game against the Hurricanes.
Oct. 23 at Virginia Tech | If Miami expects to be a contender in the Coastal Division, the late-season push starts here and continues eight days later with a home game against North Carolina.
Sept. 27 at Clemson | It’s an interesting ACC opener for a UNC team that should enter the season as the Coastal Division favorite, against a Clemson squad that’ll be coming off a road trip to FSU.
Nov. 29 at North Carolina | N.C. State will enter the season coming off an 0-8 ACC mark last year and may be in for another rough conference season, but it could have revenge on its mind after having a five-game winning streak against rival UNC snapped last season.
Nov. 1 vs. Duke | Last season, this game was absolutely insane, with Pittsburgh coming away with a 58-55 victory in September in the last win by any visiting team in Wallace Wade Stadium.
Oct. 3 vs. Louisville | A Thursday night game in the Carrier Dome against the ACC’s newest member could offer a good chance for the Orange to show further improvement in front of the nation.
Aug. 30 vs. UCLA | Opening the season against a team possibly ranked in the top 10 with a potential All-America quarterback returning in Brett Hundley isn’t ideal, but U.Va. needs to find some kind of spark early in what could be a long fall.
Sept. 6 at Ohio State | Tech will take a quarterback that will have no more than one game as a starter under his belt to Columbus for a contest that will tell the Hokies just how far they are from being mentioned in the same breath with the national elite.
Nov. 6 vs. Clemson | It’s not exactly the perfect opponent for a Thursday night game in Winston-Salem, N.C., but the Demon Deacons won’t be picky when it comes to national exposure.Copyright © 2015, CT Now