Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Kickoffs Highlight

The 2019 ACC football schedule opens with a four day football fest. The first game of the season features Georgia Tech and Clemson in Death Valley on Thursday, August 29. The opener will also help usher in the long-awaited ACC Network. On Friday, Wake Forest (2017 highlights) plays host to Utah State. The Chick-fil-A, Camping World and Belk Kickoffs highlight the Saturday schedule. To wrap up the four day football fest Notre Dame travels to Louisville on Monday, September 2.

The opening Saturday highlight games include Duke against Alabama in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. Cross state rivals Miami and Florida travel to Orlando for the Camping World Kickoff. Meanwhile in Charlotte, it’s North Carolina and South Carolina battling it out for ‘Carolina Supremacy’ at the Belk College Kickoff.

Also on opening Saturday’s schedule –

  • Florida State vs Boise State in Jacksonville (first time meeting)
  • East Carolina at NC State
  • Virginia at Pitt
  • Syracuse at Liberty
  • Virginia Tech at Boston College

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

The ESPN 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25 puts Clemson back in the driver’s seat at No. 1 with Notre Dame at No. 5 and Syracuse at No. 15. Early rankings are typically just a reflection of how teams finished the previous year. Which opens the door for a sneak peek at the ACC Nation Way-Too-Early Power Poll Top 5. Don’t hold us to this as it was part of an early morning IM chat. We prefer to wait out the spring and fall practices along with all the roster changes before wading into the moat full of crocs.

  • Clemson
  • Notre Dame
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia and/or Virginia Tech

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

What are the notable matchups on this year’s schedule? There are more than a few and as evidenced by last year’s finish we may be in for a wild year. Scroll down for complete schedule.

Week 2

  • Texas A&M at Clemson – Another showdown between Fisher and Swinney. The Aggies are ranked No. 9 and will be far more of a challenge for the Tigers this go around.

Week 3

  • Clemson at Syracuse – The Tigers don’t get much rest at the front end of the schedule as they face the No. 15 Orange. Games at the Carrier Dome are just as tricky as playing at Death Valley.
  • Florida State at Virginia – The Seminoles have an opportunity to get their rebuild under Willie Taggart into full swing against the Cavaliers. The issue, Virginia got into full swing last year and would love to add a Florida State notch to their wins at Scott Stadium.
  • NC State at West Virginia – Neither team is ranked and are, to a degree, in rebuild mode. Mountaineer fans are always so welcoming of opponents visiting Morgantown. Bring your ‘A’ game Wolfpack.
  • Pitt at Penn State – The Panthers head to State College to face their in-state rival the No. 17 Nittany Lions. ACC giant killer Pitt will have their hands full with Penn State and do we need to mention there’s no love lost between these two?

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Week 4

  • UCF at Pitt – Once again, an ACC team has back to back challenges from top ranked teams. The No. 14 Knights head north to play one of two non-conference Power 5 teams in Pitt. The other is Stanford. The Panthers offense can make a difference in this game.

Week 5

  • NC State at Florida State – The Wolfpack venture into an environment that could be full-tilt crazy if the Seminoles are having a good season. On the other hand, fans aren’t forgiving at Florida State if they lose. NC State has to go all out from the opening kickoff to make it a win.
  • Virginia at Notre Dame – The Cavaliers will have plenty of time to get the ball rolling by week five. Will they be ready for the No. 5 Irish in South Bend? Notre Dame brings back a solid lineup but can’t look past Virginia. The danger in this game is shouldered entirely by the ranked team. A loss could seriously damage another run at the playoffs.

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Week 6

  • Virginia Tech at Miami – By this point in the season we should have a good idea which of these two teams are contenders. If both the Hokies and Hurricanes are on a roll this could be the game we had hoped for last year.

Week 7

  • Virginia at Miami – At this point we know who the better team is between Miami and Virginia Tech so this could well be for the division title. Two weeks worth of Commonwealth football invading Florida. It will be intriguing.

Week 8

  • Pitt at Syracuse – Late season shenanigans seem to be the trend with Pitt. If the No. 15 Orange want to be added to the list of mid to late season upsets by Pitt they simply need to overlook the Panthers. Syracuse’s Carrier Dome is often the 12th man and Pitt needs to overcome the environment (temperature and humidity plus fans).
  • NC State at Boston College – The Wolfpack head into Chestnut Hill where the Eagles always deliver a stout game for the home crowd. Boston College should be in a position to put up points. Will NC State have their offense in gear by week 8?

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Week 9

  • Miami at Pitt – Could this be a ‘what if’ game? Miami and Pitt both want to see post season play. How many wins will they have at this point in the season? Are the Hurricanes and Panthers in a position to talk about the division at this point?

Week 10

  • Virginia Tech at Notre Dame – The Hokies are looking for some payback. The No. 5 Irish aren’t inclined to give it to them in South Bend. Virginia Tech could be in the hunt for a division title and a win over Notre Dame wouldn’t hurt any for post season consideration. Again, the burden is on the shoulders of the ranked team.

Week 11

  • Notre Dame at Duke – Coming out of their week 10 game with Virginia Tech to face Duke in Durham could be considered a ‘trap game’. What do the Blue Devils have to throw at the No. 15 Irish this year? Good question. We’ll know by week one following their head to head with Alabama.

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Week 12

  • Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech – In the past the Yellow Jackets find their steam by the latter portion of the season. But alas, we’re talking about a whole new program here. No more Paul Johnson and that triple whatever thing-a-muh-bob. This is where we expect to finally see a glimpse of what’s to come for Georgia Tech. If it comes earlier in the year, all the better. The two Tech’s delight in upsetting each other’s apple cart. The Hokies should be in the running for the division. Virginia Tech can claim the ACC’s ‘Tech Title’ with a win in Atlanta.

Week 13

  • Pitt at Virginia Tech – No need to worry about the weather. Both teams are quite comfortable with chilly temperatures. Who will give thanks this Thanksgiving? Pitt or Virginia Tech. The Panthers would like to bring home some bird but the Hokies are rather elusive. This is another potential division battle.

Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend

Week 14

  • Virginia Tech at Virginia – The Commonwealth’s Cup and two teams that are finally reaching a level of parity. This could also be a battle for a division title. Scott Stadium will be packed to the gills.
  • Florida State at Florida – Yet another cross state rivalry made in football heaven. The Seminoles, in their second year of rebuild need to pull out all the stops against the No. 7 Gators. Florida State has the talent but the question is, can Willie Taggart bring it all together? Florida hopes to have a shot at the playoffs and will look to finish this game early.

Week 15

  • Clemson vs. ? – The ACC Football Championship isn’t likely to be lop-sided this year. The key to determining how a team will perform this year is to look into the future not the past.

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Kickoffs Highlight Opening Weekend


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