The ACC released the upcoming schedule for all the teams in the league on Tuesday, and though it is loaded with high-profile matchups, here's a look at the 10 games that figure to be the most anticipated in 2016.
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Sept. 3: Boston College vs. Georgia Tech in Ireland
Boston College and Georgia Tech will kick off the 2016 season by playing their ACC opener in Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in what is being called the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. Both the Eagles and Yellow Jackets struggled in 2015, but a season-opening ACC victory will be a great way to begin the year for one of these teams.
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Sept. 3: Clemson at Auburn
Clemson ended the 2015 season with a game against the SEC and it will begin the 2016 season the same way as it faces Auburn on the road in its first game of the year. The Tigers vs. Tigers season opener will no doubt provide motivation for both teams during those hot days when they are grinding it out in training camp.
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Sept. 5: Florida State at Ole Miss
Some teams chose to begin their season with cupcakes. Florida State is not one of those teams. The Seminoles, who finished ranked 14th in the final AP Poll, will bust out of the gate with a matchup against an Ole Miss team that ended the year 10-3 to rank No. 10 in the nation.
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Sept. 10: Penn State at Pitt
The rivalry resumes. Pitt and Penn State have not battled since the 2000 season, but the layoff will finally come to an end next season when the teams clash at Heinz Field. The last meeting was won by Pitt, 12-0, while Penn State holds a 50-42-4 all-time record versus its rival.
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Sept. 10: Virginia at Oregon
First-year Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall’s squad will be put to the test early as the Cavaliers will cross the country for their second game of the season to take on an Oregon team that finished the year ranked No. 19 with a 9-4 record.
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Sept. 10: Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway
In Week 2 of the college football season Virginia Tech will take on Tennessee inside the 160,000-seat Bristol Motor Speedway. The arena will provide the most amount of seats ever available for a college football game, thus giving the contest potential to break the all-time single-game attendance mark.
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Oct. 1: Notre Dame vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium
The new-look Orange, led by first-year 'Cuse coach Dino Babers, will get a prime recruiting opportunity in its fifth game of the season when it faces Notre Dame inside MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and Jets, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Fighting Irish, who ended the 2015 season ranked No. 11 in the final AP Poll, will no doubt be a popular draw and a tough opponent.
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Oct. 29: Clemson at Florida State
The most highly anticipated game on the ACC slate, the Clemson-Florida State matchup has determined the ACC winner for the past five seasons. This battle has become the best game in the league and is rapidly becoming one of the best rivalry games in the country. The 2016 matchup will feature plenty of star power as Heisman hopefuls Deshaun Watson and Dalvin Cook square off in a battle of two ACC heavyweights.
Nov. 17 or 19: Louisville at Houston
Led by rising sophomore QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville will be the ACC sleeper pick for a lot of prognosticators next season. Should the Cardinals live up to the hype, their matchup with a Houston team that went 13-1 last season and beat FSU in the Peach Bowl could be a dynamic one.
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Nov. 26: Duke at Miami
Payback, payback, payback. There’s not a chance in the world that Duke won’t head to Miami looking to get even for last year’s lateral-filled, last-second, 30-27 defeat to the Hurricanes. The controversial loss sank Duke’s regular season and should lead to a stellar matchup in 2016.