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The ACC's Out of Conference Football Schedules 
by Chris Coleman,

Recent talk on the TechSideline message boards has generally revolved around the upcoming LSU game. Many college football writers are ranking it as the top out-of-conference game of the season. That's pretty big, when you consider that the Hokies are a team that has been raked over the coals for their scheduling in the past. Today in TSLMail we'll take a look at the 2007 out-of-conference (OOC) schedule of every team in the ACC.

2007 ACC OOC Football Schedules
Team Home Road

Boston College

Bowling Green

Notre Dame


UL Monroe
Central Michigan

South Carolina



Notre Dame

Florida State

Alabama (in Jacksonville)


Georgia Tech


Notre Dame


West Virginia



Texas A&M


North Carolina

South Carolina

South Florida

NC State





Middle Tennessee State

Virginia Tech

William & Mary


Wake Forest



Boston College doesn't begin their season with out-of-conference games, as most teams do. The Eagles start out with Wake Forest, NC State and Georgia Tech. They finally play a non-ACC game when they host Army on September 22. Overall, BC's out-of-conference schedule in 2007 is pretty week.

In addition to Army, the Eagles also host 1-AA UMass and Bowling Green, and they travel to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are expected to be down this season. There is a very good chance that BC will go undefeated outside the ACC this year.

Clemson's out-of-conference schedule is very similar to BC's. The Tigers have three home games against traditional cupcakes in Louisiana-Monroe, 1-AA Furman and Central Michigan. Clemson's biggest challenge out-of-conference will be a road game against Steve Spurrier and South Carolina.

The Tigers should easily sweep the weak trio of Louisiana-Monroe, Furman and Central Michigan. Whether or not they can knock off the Gamecocks in Columbia is another story. 3-1 or 4-0 is the likely out-of-conference scenario for Clemson.

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The Duke Blue Devils will host UConn, and they'll travel to Northwestern, Navy and Notre Dame. (What's with Notre Dame getting home games against so many ACC schools this year?) At most, Duke will win two of those games.

Florida State's schedule is interesting. First of all, they only play five games in Doak Campbell Stadium this year. However, their out-of-conference schedule is very good. They host UAB, a decent mid-level program, and they travel to Colorado. They also get to play Alabama in Jacksonville. Technically it's a neutral site game, but Jacksonville is very close to Tallahassee.

And finally, they close the season by playing their traditional rivals, the Florida Gators, in Gainesville. On top of that, they'll play Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech in the ACC. Now, that's a schedule. The 'Noles will be favored in all of their out-of-conference games, except for Florida.

Georgia Tech has a very nice out-of-conference schedule as well. They do host Army and 1-AA Samford, but we'll forgive them because of who else they are playing. The Yellow Jackets travel to Notre Dame on September 1, and host Georgia in their last game of the season. They have a very good chance of winning their first three out-of-conference games, but Georgia is a big question mark.

Maryland looks like they'll be going .500 out-of-conference this year. They open up against 1-AA Villanova and Florida International. That's two wins. However, their next two non-ACC games are against West Virginia on a Thursday night, and at Rutgers on September 29. That's two likely losses. The Terps will have to win four or five games in the ACC to go bowling.

The Miami Hurricanes are playing four out-of-conference games in September. Three of them are home games against Marshall, Florida International and Texas A&M. On September 8, the same day the Hokies play at LSU, the Hurricanes will take on the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, at noon.

Miami is probably looking at an out-of-conference record of 2-2 or 3-1. Their home game against Texas A&M could shape up to be a classic.

North Carolina has a very difficult out-of-conference schedule when you consider their talent level. The Tar Heels were terrible last season and don't return much talent this year, yet they are playing three teams who made bowl games a year ago. UNC travels to East Carolina and South Florida, both bowl teams a year ago. They also host South Carolina. That game will be hyped big time down in the Carolinas, as Butch Davis vs. Steve Spurrier.

The Tar Heels open the season at home against JMU, a very good 1-AA team. UNC is looking at 2-2 at best in the out-of-conference portion of their schedule.

NC State's out-of-conference schedule is solid. They play 1-AA Wofford, but they also host respectable Central Florida (UCF). They also have a home game against defending Big East Champ Louisville, and they travel to East Carolina. Wofford is a definite win, while Louisville is likely a loss. The Wolfpack should beat UCF, but the East Carolina game could be tough.

Virginia has an interesting non-ACC schedule, interesting in the fact that the Hoos will go on the road to play at Wyoming and at Middle Tennessee State. Why? There is nothing good that can come out of either one of those trips for UVA, particularly the Wyoming game. The Cowboys almost beat Virginia in Charlottesville last year. UVA also hosts UConn and Pitt. The Hoos could go undefeated against that schedule, or they could drop two games. You never really know with that team.

Virginia Tech has a nice out-of-conference schedule, with the exception of William & Mary. The Hokie will play East Carolina, Ohio and LSU, all teams that went to bowl games last season. The LSU game will be the premier out-of-conference matchup of the season.

The Hokies won't lose to William & Mary, ECU or Ohio. They could win at LSU, though it will be very, very tough.

Wake Forest will have an entertaining out-of-conference schedule in 2007. The Demon Deacons will host Nebraska and Army, and travel to Navy and Vanderbilt. They should be able to at least split those four games, although at least one loss is likely. Army is probably the only sure win. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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Hopkins Talks Camp Experience, Recent Offer
July 6, 2007
6-2, 260-pound defensive line recruit Antoine Hopkins participated in UVa's Big Man Camp last month. It was an important visit for Hopkins and for UVa, which was looking to impress the Highland Springs (VA) standout. Hopkins will now head to Virginia Tech for next Saturday's senior camp and is also considering a third scholarship offer.

Status Update on 2007 Football Recruiting Class
July 5, 2007
Virginia Tech's second summer session began this past Monday, and 17 members of the 2007 recruiting class reported to Blacksburg. They join Josh Oglesby, also a member of the 2007 recruiting class, who enrolled in January. Several other members of the class will enroll at later dates.

TSL Recruiting Roundtable
July 5, 2007
Welcome to TSL's Recruiting Roundtable! CFA Hokie, Chris Coleman and Will Stewart join me to answer questions about Virginia Tech's 2008 recruiting class. We take a look at the class up to this point, where the Tech staff should go from here as well as a look into Virginia Tech's in-state recruiting success.

Walker Beginning to Narrow Focus
July 4, 2007
Though he hasn't officially narrowed his list of schools, 6-3, 180-pound wide receiver recruit Deion Walker says there are about "14 or 15" schools that he is still seriously considering. Virginia and Virginia Tech remain in serious consideration and Walker hopes to visit both programs this summer.

Ranking the ACC's Football Programs
July 3, 2007
The ACC is not as deep a football conference as others around the nation, although there are some big-name programs at the top. The Hokies have won more games than any team in the conference over the last five years, but it's more than wins and losses that determines how strong a program is at its core. This article ranks the ACC football programs from top to bottom based on several important categories: wins, stadium, tradition, fan support, and recruiting base.

Tony Gregory Reflects on VT Commitment
July 3, 2007
First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Tony Gregory had wanted to make official visits before making a commitment anywhere. That was his thinking when his recruitment first started picking up steam. But as his first visit to Virginia Tech came closer, he acknowledged there was a chance he could commit sooner. He did so, choosing the Hokies the Thursday following Tech's June 9th senior camp.

Demps Discusses Commitment
July 2, 2007
Cameron Demps' first impression of Virginia Tech came during his spring break earlier this year, as he and his parents traveled to Blacksburg. The trip was fruitful, as the 5-10, 170-pound cornerback recruit returned home to Georgia with an official offer from the Hokies. He also enjoyed his visit and the experience ultimately led to his commitment yesterday.

Freeman Set to Visit UVa, VT
July 2, 2007
6-6, 270-pound Pelion (S.C.) offensive lineman Dalton Freeman plans to make another round of visits this weekend, as he and his parents will travel to the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Freeman's plan to visit Charlottesville on Saturday and will follow that up with a trip to Virginia Tech on Monday, Dalton's father Ben Freeman said yesterday.

Hokies Land 10th Commitment!
July 1, 2007
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Virginia Tech has received a verbal commitment from 5-10, 170-pound cornerback recruit Cameron Demps. Demps and his parents are finishing up a weekend visit to Blacksburg that obviously went very well.
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