The ACC announced last week a new schedule format with 10 conference games and an additional non-conference game. With the release, we saw the ACC opponents that Tech would be playing, but as of this morning, the ACC has released in what order and dates the games will be played. It also showed that Tech will keep its matchup with UCF as the game against UGA will be shelved for the year due to the SEC being conference only. Here is a look at the new schedule for the conference now:
An in-depth look at each team will be coming next week, but let’s take a look at some highlights of this new schedule.
The first thing that sticks out is that only one opponent, Louisville, catches Georgia Tech with an open date the previous week. Tech will also have the benefit of a bye before Louisville as it will be a Friday night game in Atlanta. Tech’s schedule is broken apart well with byes in weeks 4 and 9. It spaces out three stretches of games that shouldn’t be too unmanageable.
FSU, UCF, Syracuse: Getting FSU in the first week is probably the best spot to catch the Seminoles who are trying to rebuild with a new coaching staff who won’t have had a lot of time to evaluate their talent. UCF is going to be a tough out but playing one of the best Group of 5 teams adds more than just another FCS opponent that Tech would have to pay. Syracuse is a winnable game that should be a good test before the next stretch of games.
Louisville, Clemson, BC, Notre Dame: This is by far the toughest stretch in the schedule. Clemson and Notre Dame both are both loaded with talent and potential playoff contenders. Louisville is in its second year with Coach Satterfield who led them to an 8-5 record in his first year. BC is the most winnable game but is also the only road game of this stretch.
Pitt, Miami, Duke, NC State: This group could allow the Yellow Jackets to finish the season strong. Pitt has a solid defense but has yet to find much success on the offensive side. Miami should be more talented than Tech’s roster but that didn’t help them much last year. Unless QB transfer D’Eriq King proves to be the difference then Manny Diaz may be looking at an early hot seat. Duke also has a new transfer QB from Clemson in Chase Brice but depth is limited in other positions. NC State was one team that Tech had a good offensive showing against last year and a lot of that had to do with NC State being bad on defense.