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2010 Football Schedule is released

The ACC released the league's 2010 football schedule on Thursday and it's a solid one for UNC.

Saturday, Sept. 4 vs. LSU (@ Atlanta)
Saturday, Sept. 11 open
Saturday, Sept. 18 Georgia Tech
Saturday, Sept. 25 @ Rutgers
Saturday, Oct. 2 ECU
Saturday, Oct. 9 Clemson
Saturday, Oct. 16 @ Virginia
Saturday, Oct. 23 @ Miami
Saturday, Oct. 30 William & Mary
Saturday, Nov. 6 @ Florida State
Saturday, Nov. 13 Virginia Tech
Saturday, Nov. 20 N.C. State
Saturday, Nov. 27 @ Duke

Some initial thoughts:

  • No "cupcake city" and "two Division I-AA opponents" talk in this schedule. Non-conference is at Rutgers, two-time C-USA champ ECU, LSU in Atlanta, and William & Mary, plus last year's other division champ Clemson.
  • Tough opener in Atlanta against LSU, but with a Les Miles-coached team, you're always in the game.
  • Open week to prepare for Georgia Tech is nice. Teams with the extra week seem to figure out Paul Johnson's offense.
  • Open date is early, then 11 straight games. Hope UNC does not end up being injury-prone.
  • Charlottesville. Scott Stadium. Since 1980. Gives me chills just thinking about it.
  • Great home schedule from a fan's standpoint - ECU, Clemson, VT, State, Georgia Tech, and the Mike Paulus homecoming game against Bill & Mary.

It will definitely be put-up-or-shut-up time against that schedule. Some big wins against that slate can turn some heads nationally; on the other hand, key injuries and weak offensive production can spell 6-6 very quickly.