The ACC released the 2009 football schedules today, so if you’re like me, you’re already planning your tailgating menus.
*8 home games
*Open with South Carolina on Thursday Night ESPN. It will never be the Red River Rivalry or the Cocktail Party, but this is a great regional rivalry and I think it should be renewed annually into the distant future, even if it meant playing the game in Charlotte every season.
*Heavy September and November at home; November looks to be a brutal stretch for us, too.
*That Wake game already scares me after opening with four straight September home games.
*End with Carolina, so it looks like the ACC is finally starting to see the marketability of this rivalry rather than the contrived nature of the Carolina-Duke football “rivalry.” Also, since we’re apparently marked for a Thanksgiving Weekend home game every season, then making it the biggest game of the season is the most practical solution to ensure a max-capacity crowd.
Apparently Alpha and I were both doing this at the same time, so I’m stealing his schedule and taking full credit for it.
Sept. 3 vs. South Carolina
Sept. 12 vs. Murray State
Sept. 19 vs. Gardner-Webb
Sept. 26 vs. Pittsburgh
Oct. 3 @ Wake Forest
Oct. 10 vs. Duke
Oct. 17 @ Boston College
Oct. 31 @ Florida State
Nov. 7 vs. Maryland
Nov. 14 vs. Clemson
Nov. 21 @ Virginia Tech
Nov. 28 vs. North Carolina
Here’s a composite ACC schedule.