ESPN has taken a studied view of the 2018 college football schedule. We’ve taken a look at the resulting article, ‘The most important game for each Top 25 team’. Thus the list of critical games.
For the sake of those with short attention spans (spoiler alert), we’ll let you know in advance there’s a lot of Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech on this list.
Don’t be surprised, after all this is about Top 25 teams. For good measure Miami and Notre Dame jump into the fray as well.
If you are one of those folks that like to count down to the start of the college football season be sure to read this article first.
In case you didn’t accept our invitation we’ll tell you that it’s just over 70 days until the official kickoff of the season. Mark Saturday, August 25 on your calendar as the first day of Division I action. The ACC gets underway on Thursday, August 30 when Wake Forest travels to Tulane.
Let’s take a peek at the ACC games on the list.
- Clemson @ Florida State – What makes this a critical game? (1) In Tallahassee and (2) Who they’re scheduled between.
- Miami entertains Florida State – It’s all about momentum.
- Notre Dame @ Virginia Tech – When AC/DC rocks the house it can be a bit disconcerting.
- Virginia Tech entertains Miami – Must win for the Hokies to capture the division.
- Clemson entertains Texas A&M – The world rests on Jimbo Fisher’s shoulders.
Read the ESPN article for the complete list of Top 25 teams and analysis.
Get prepared for the season by reading the article on the toughest non-conference schedules. It takes a look at how the ACC has moved forward with scheduling and the benefits.
On the other side of that are teams who have the easiest non-conference schedules. ESPN ranks only one ACC team among the Top 10 and that’s Virginia. The Cavaliers are in the middle of the pack with Richmond, Indiana, Ohio and Liberty on their schedule.
The Flames, located in Lynchburg about an hour from Charlottesville, recently reclassified as an FBS team. The ding may have been bigger had that not occurred as there would have been two FCS teams on the schedule.
Bronco Mendenhall’s rebuild, in year three, has to include a change in mindset regarding football at Virginia. It will also require recruiting the type of player needed to develop a competitive program.