1. Sept. 8: Virginia Tech at LSU
If these two teams weren't meeting in the regular season, they very well could have done battle for the national championship. This pits the best team from the ACC against the best team in the SEC, with the winner having an early lead in the national title race. Playing in Baton Rouge on a Saturday night is about as difficult as it gets.
2. Oct. 25: Boston College at Virginia Tech
This could be a preview of the ACC Championship Game. But it could have more significant importance for the Hokies, who hope to be undefeated at this point. For Boston College, it's a chance to make a major statement that it is truly the best team in the Atlantic Division and maybe even the entire league.
3. Sept. 3: Florida State at Clemson
What a way to open a season. One of these two division champion hopefuls will already be essentially two games behind the other. In three of the last four meetings, Tommy has gotten the better Bobby, including the last two in Death Valley. But Papa Bowden has some new coaches that many believe could make an immediate difference.
4. Oct. 11: Florida State at Wake Forest
Seriously, did anyone really see that 30-0 waxing the Demon Deacons laid on Florida State last year in Tallahassee? Well, this is a chance for Wake Forest to show that it wasn't a fluke and it's a chance at redemption for the Seminoles. Also, this has major divisional ramifications.
5. Sept. 1: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
First game of the season and it's a chance for the ACC to show that it is better than last year, when nary a team could beat anybody of any significance. The Yellow Jackets have the potential to be pretty decent and getting a win even against a lesser Notre Dame team in South Bend would still be a huge accomplishment.
6. Sept. 1: East Carolina at Virginia Tech
This could have been at the top of the list. This game will be on national television and a chance for the student body and university to help heal some wounds when they come together and cheer for a team that has national championship aspirations. No other game across the nation or in years to come will come close to having the emotion on display.
7. Sept. 13: West Virginia at Maryland
This is one of the best rivalries that no one knows about. What makes this game big is that it's another chance for the ACC to flex its muscle. But more importantly, it would end the national championship hopes of the Mountaineers should Maryland somehow manage to pull off the upset. A lot of people that normally don't watch the Terrapins will be watching on this night.
8. Sept. 29: Alabama vs. Florida State
At long last, these two national powerhouses meet on the field in Jacksonville, Fla. Bowden versus Saban is about as big as it gets nationally and most definitely in the South. For the Seminoles, this is just another of ridiculously difficult games in what is one of the hardest schedules in the nation. For the Crimson Tide, it's an opportunity to show their nutty faithful that they are on the road to glory.
9. Nov. 24: Clemson at South Carolina
While people outside the Palmetto State couldn't care much less about this game, it's the biggest thing going in the state of South Carolina. Besides, it involves one of the most hated and revered men in all of college football in Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. South Carolina is looking to win back-to-back games in the series for the first time since the 1969 and 1970 seasons. A Clemson win would go a long way toward keeping the heat off of Bowden, regardless of what the record is just as long as they make a bowl game.
10. Sept. 8: Nebraska at Wake Forest
Big Red travels to Mayberry. Again, this is another chance for the ACC, which was laughable last season, to show that it is much improved in 2007. It is also a major opportunity for Wake Forest to show that last season's success wasn't an accident and that the Demon Deacons are a force to be reckoned with for some time to come.
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