The 2012 ACC football schedule released yesterday by Commissioner John Swofford is a slate which sees conference teams playing 10 games against opponents that are projected by ESPN.com to be in the nation's preseason Top 25, and 21 games against teams which participated in 2011 bowl games.
The 2012 ACC Championship Game (Dec. 1, Charlotte, NC) is one of five contests which will be played on a neutral field. Miami will meet Notre Dame on Oct. 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago and Virginia Tech will face Cincinnati on Sept 29 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Additionally, a pair of ACC teams will participate in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Doubleheader, when N.C. State will face Tennessee on August 31, and Clemson plays Auburn on Sept. 1, with both games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Twenty-one of the league's 48 nonconference games (44 percent) are against 19 teams that earned bowl berths in 2011. This includes 18 games with teams which finished ranked in the nation's Top 50 of the final Sagarin rankings in 2011, which ties for the most of any conference in the nation.
Including games against the eight ACC teams which earned bowl bids in 2011, no ACC team plays fewer than five opponents who went to bowl games last fall, with Duke facing the most with 9 followed by Boston College, Maryland, Miami and Virginia with eight each.
ACC teams will also play 10 games against eight teams selected by ESPN.com in its early preseason Top 25 including matches with projected fifth-ranked Georgia (Georgia Tech), seventh-ranked West Virginia (Maryland) and 10th-ranked South Carolina (Clemson).