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.