ACC Announces 2003 Football Schedule


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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The
2003 Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule was released today by
Commissioner John D. Swofford.  The schedule is comprised of 72 games, including
36 conference matchups, over a span of 14 weeks.


        Georgia Tech brings the
curtain up on the 2003 season when it travels to Provo, Utah, to take on Brigham
Young on Thursday, August 28.  The Yellow Jacket-Cougar matchup is the first of
three Thursday night telecasts involving ACC teams on ESPN. Two days later -
Saturday, August 30 - the remaining eight league teams will swing into action
with two conference match-ups - Florida State at North Carolina and Duke at
Virginia - and four non-league tilts on tap.


        Sixteen of the league’s 36
non-conference games (44 percent) are against teams who earned bowl berths in
2002 including defending national champion Ohio State, second-ranked Miami and
No. 3 Georgia.  In all 10 non-conference games are scheduled against nine teams
that finished the season ranked in either the AP or Coaches’ polls.


        Non-conference opponents
who earned bowl bids in 2002 are Arizona State (Holiday Bowl), #14 Auburn
(Capital One), Boston College (Motor City Bowl), #20 Colorado (Alamo), #24
Florida (Outback), #3 Georgia (Sugar), #2 Miami (Fiesta), #17 Notre Dame
(Gator), #1 Ohio State (Fiesta), Purdue (Sun), Tennessee (Peach), Texas Tech
(Tangerine Bowl), #25 West Virginia (Continental Tire), Wisconsin (Alamo) and
#18 Virginia Tech (San Francisco).


        The 2003 ACC football
schedule is as follows:


Thursday, August 28


Georgia Tech at BYU


Saturday, August 30

Georgia at Clemson

Duke at Virginia

Florida State at North Carolina

Maryland at Northern Illinois

Western Carolina at NC State

Wake Forest at Boston College


Saturday, September 6

Furman at Clemson

Western Carolina at Duke

Maryland at Florida State

Auburn at Georgia Tech

Syracuse at North Carolina

NC State at Wake Forest

Virginia at South Carolina


Saturday, September 13

Middle Tennessee State at Clemson

Rice at Duke

Georgia Tech at Florida State

The Citadel at Maryland

NC State at Ohio State

Virginia at Western Michigan

Purdue at Wake Forest


Saturday, September 20

Clemson at Georgia Tech

Northwestern at Duke

Colorado at Florida State

West Virginia at Maryland

North Carolina at Wisconsin

Texas Tech at NC State

East Carolina at Wake Forest


Saturday, September 27

Florida State at Duke

Georgia Tech at Vanderbilt

Maryland at Eastern Michigan

North Carolina at NC State

Wake Forest at Virginia


Saturday, October 4

Clemson at Maryland

NC State at Georgia Tech

Virginia at North Carolina


Saturday, October 11

Virginia at Clemson

Duke at Maryland

Miami at Florida State

Georgia Tech at Wake Forest

North Carolina at East Carolina

Connecticut at NC State


Saturday, October 18

Clemson at NC State

Wake Forest at Duke

Florida State at Virginia

Arizona State at North Carolina


Thursday, October 23

Maryland at Georgia Tech


Saturday, October 25

North Carolina at Clemson

NC State at Duke

Wake Forest at Florida State

Troy State at Virginia


Saturday, November 1

Clemson at Wake Forest

Duke at Tennessee

Florida State at Notre Dame

North Carolina at Maryland

Virginia at NC State


Saturday, November 8

Florida State at Clemson

Georgia Tech at Duke

Wake Forest at North Carolina


Thursday, November 13

Virginia at Maryland


Saturday, November 15

Duke at Clemson

NC State at Florida State

North Carolina at Georgia Tech

Connecticut at Wake Forest


Saturday, November 22

Clemson at South Carolina

Duke at North Carolina

Georgia Tech at Virginia

Maryland at NC State


Saturday, November 29

Florida State at Florida

Georgia at Georgia Tech

Maryland at Wake Forest

Virginia Tech at Virginia

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