The ACC announced the 2015 college football schedule and for once it provides some good news for Clemson fans. Rather than an early season match up against Florida State, the Tigers will host the Seminoles the first weekend in November. The winner of this game has gone on to represent the Atlantic division in the ACC Championship game every year since 2008. The full schedule is below.
Sept. 5 - WOFFORD
Sept. 12 - APPALACHIAN STATE
Sept. 17 - at Louisville (Thursday Night)
Oct. 3 - NOTRE DAME
Oct. 10 - GEORGIA TECH
Oct. 17 - BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 24 - at Miami
Oct. 31 - at NC State
Nov. 7 - FLORIDA STATE
Nov. 14 - at Syracuse
Nov. 21 - WAKE FOREST
Nov. 28 - at South Carolina
After two cream puffs, Clemson will travel to Louisville for a Thursday night game. This is one of the most disappointing decisions the ACC could have made. Last year's Clemson - Louisville game was exciting though not pretty, and it is rather sad to see a match up between two of the top three teams in the Atlantic division relegated to a Thursday night game. With the game being such a critical moment for both teams and their attempt to reach Charlotte, both teams deserve the opportunity to play with a full week of preparation.
This year there is only 1 bye week for each team, and Clemson's comes at the end of September. It is rather frustrating to have a bye week so early in the season, but it does give the Tigers an opportunity to rest up ahead of Notre Dame's arrival at Clemson. The Fighting Irish saw their 2014 season end in a rather disappointing fashion and these are the types of games they will expect to win, at least if you ask their fan base.
After that we have everybody's favorite school, Georgia Tech. Hopefully this year we don't throw any screen passes for pick sixes. Clemson will then play host to Boston College before traveling down to Miami. The last time the Tigers were in Miami they won an overtime thriller though the most memorable play may have been Michael Palmer holding onto a critical reception as he appeared to be knocked unconscious. Following a trip to Coral Gables, Clemson will head up to Raleigh in an attempt to beat NC State. Hopefully the game turns out like the 2014 edition and not the 2013 edition.
Then Florida State comes to town. After coming so close last year, this should be the year Clemson gets over the hump and beats the Seminoles. Ideally a victory here puts Clemson at the top of the Atlantic division and allows them to travel to the hot and suffocating field of Syracuse before hosting Wake Forest for Senior Day.
Oh and after that, Clemson looks to capture their first victory in Columbia since 2007. Not a bad way to try to end the season.