GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Football season is quickly approaching.
The Atlantic Coast Conference wrapped up its media days on Thursday and the buzz is still in the air as the latest college football campaign is closing in. The ACC is full of great teams, but especially in football. There are rivalries that run deep in this conference, and there are quite a few games this season you do want to miss.
We’ve taken a close look at the complete ACC season, week by week and game by game. Here are some games this season you will want to be watching:
September 3rd: NC State/ ECU – Noon, ESPN
ECU kicks off its season with a home game against in-state rival NC State. This is a huge must watch game this season.
September 4th: FSU/ LSU – 7:30 PM, ABC
The Seminoles take on SEC opponent Louisiana State. Any ACC/SEC matchup is not something you want to miss.
September 5th: Clemson/ Georgia Tech – 8 PM, ESPN
A huge in-conference faceoff between two great teams in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in week one.
September 9th: Louisville/ UCF – 7:30 PM
Louisville will take on UCF, which is part of the AAC but will be joining the Big 12. This could be the start that UCF needs.
September 10th: Tennessee/ Pitt – 3:30 PM, ABC
Pitt will face the Vols out of the SEC.
Boston College/ Virginia Tech – 8 PM, ACC Network
Coming off of a canceled bowl game due to COVID, it’s a must watch to see how Boston College will react to their first ACC game.
Texas Tech/NC State – 7 PM, ESPN2
Texas Tech out of the Big 12 will face NC State, potentially being a huge game for the Wolfpack.
Miami/Texas A&M – 9 PM, ESPN
Another exciting ACC/SEC matchup you’ll want to watch.
West Virginia/ Virginia Tech – 7:30 PM, ESPN
These two have always had good games, especially since the series resumed in 2017.
Duke/Kansas – TBD
These two teams have a pretty strong rivalry in basketball, how will that translate on to the football field?
Notre Dame/ UNC – TBD
Notre Dame is projected to win this game, but not by much. It’s an in-conference game you will not want to miss.
NC State/ Clemson – TBD
Two great ACC teams taking on each other. NC State took last year’s matchup in double overtime. Can Clemson use that as motivation for this year?
UNC/ Virginia Tech – TBD
In 2019, these two teams went into a sixth overtime, resulting in a Virginia Tech win, followed by a loss, and then a UNC loss. This should be an exciting one.
Duke/ Virginia – TBD
Another always-interesting men’s basketball game that the football teams will try to replicate. The Devils will look to pick up a much-needed early-season ACC win.
Florida State/ NC State – TBD
It’s always interesting when these two take the field. Last year, the Wolfpack took the win, 28-14.
UNC/ Miami – TBD
Last season, this game was quite high-score, UNC winning 45-42, with Sam Howell throwing four TDs. Will UNC play the same without Howell?
Louisville/ Virginia – TBD
In the 2021-22 season with 12 minutes to go, Virginia was down 30-13 then rallied back for the lead, scoring a touchdown with 22 seconds on the clock, followed by a missed field goal by Louisville. This could be another close one.
UNC/ Duke – TBD
This one is fairly obvious. Quite the rivalry in every sport, doesn’t matter what it is. This is a must-watch.
Clemson/ Florida State – TBD
Clemson scored 13 points in the fourth quarter the last time these two teams saw each other, giving them the win. Will the Seminoles respond back this season?
Miami/ Virginia Tech – TBD
Miami goes into this one with an 82% change of winning. Will the Hokies shock everyone?
Virginia Tech/ NC State – TBD
NC State has an 84% chance of taking this one away from the Hokies. How will they respond to this?
UNC/ Pitt – TBD
Pitt won the last matchup against UNC in overtime after UNC tied it up right before the end of regulation. Should be an exciting in-conference matchup.
Duke/ Boston College – TBD
Boston College took this one away from the Blue Devils pretty easily last season, winning 26-6. The Blue Devils are looking for revenge.
Florida State/ Miami – TBD
Another in-state contest that has always provided memories. You won’t want to miss.
UNC/ Virginia – TBD
Known as the “South’s Oldest Rivalry”, the 2022 version will certainly have a say in the conference standings.
Louisville/ Clemson – TBD
Clemson scored 13 points and held Louisville to zero in the fourth quarter, winning 30-24. Louisville is hoping to flip it on their end this year.
NC State/ Boston College – TBD
The Wolfpack won big last year, 33-7. They are looking to do the same.
UNC/ Wake Forest – TBD
Another in-state competition that only came down to three points last season.
Louisiana/ Florida State – TBD
On paper, it doesn’t look like much of a matchup. Luckily, they don’t play these games on paper. Remember the Seminoles’ game with Jacksonville last year? Florida State has an 82% chance of defeating the Ragin’ Cajuns out of the Sun Belt. How will Louisiana play against an ACC opponent?
Duke/ Pitt – TBD
Last year, Pitt protected its lead all game against the Blue Devils in their last matchup, winning 54-29. The win was key to Pitt’s march toward the ACC title game in 2021.
Clemson/ Miami – TBD
There’s been talk of these two teams joining the SEC, if conference expansion continues. This is a great matchup in any league.
NC State/ UNC – TBD
Last season, the Wolfpack stunned UNC with two TDs in 26 seconds to walk away with the lead. This is a huge in-state in-conference rivalry game that you will want to be sure you are in front of your TV for.
Florida/ Florida State – TBD
An ACC/SEC contest and in-state matchup is something you never want to miss. Not only is it a huge in-state game, but this is a long-running rivalry.
South Carolina/ Clemson – TBD
Another huge in-state matchup between two rivals. Clemson took a huge win away over South Carolina last year, 30-0.