The ACC announced the league’s 2015 football schedule and UofL fans will once again be treated to an enticing schedule. Highlighted games include starting the season off in Atlanta against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic and hosting Clemson on a Thursday night on September 17th. The Cards will play in Tallahassee a month later on October 17th.
*Here’s a look at the entire ACC slate.
*David Teel ranks each school’s non-conference schedule….
More impressive are other numbers the ACC calculated: Its 14 teams play 38 percent of non-league games against the other power five plus Notre Dame, higher than the Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12 and SEC. Also, the collective 2014 winning percentage of the ACC’s 2015 FBS opponents, .536, is higher than any power five conference.
The ACC’s non-league schedules range from insanely ambitious (Virginia) to embarrassing (Duke and N.C. State). Here’s an unscientific degree-of-difficulty ranking, with last season’s records in parentheses:
VIRGINIA: At UCLA (10-3), Notre Dame (8-5), William and Mary (7-5), Boise State (12-2): This is a schedule for Bill Belichick, not a coach such as Mike London fighting for his job. The Cavaliers are the only ACC team playing three FBS teams that won at least eight games last season.
MIAMI: Bethune-Cookman (9-3), at Florida Atlantic (3-9), Nebraska (9-4), at Cincinnati (9-4). The Hurricanes almost always play credible outside opponents, and 2015 is no different.
VIRGINIA TECH: Ohio State (14-1), Furman (3-9), at East Carolina (8-5), at Purdue (3-9). For the third time in 12 years the Hokies open with the defending national champion.
LOUISVILLE: Auburn (8-5) in Atlanta, Houston (8-5), Samford (7-4), at Kentucky (5-7): After Auburn and Houston, the Cardinals host Clemson on five days’ rest.