A follow up to the best non-conference ACC games of 2009, here I will take a look at the best intra-conference games of the coming year.
21. Duke at. Virginia—Oct. 31
Perhaps the honorary worst game of the ACC season, these two teams could be the worst in the conference this coming season. Although both aren't bad and are improving, this game could be the difference between last and possibly a chance at a bowl.
20. Wake Forest at. Duke—Nov. 28
This game is actually interesting because I see this as a golden opportunity for the Blue Devils to win at the end of the year.
19. Virginia Tech at. Virginia—Nov. 28
This is a big time rivalry in the state of Virginia and playing at home this year the Cavaliers are never written off, even against the ACC favorites.
18. North Carolina State at. North Carolina—Nov. 28
Another rivalry, to a lesser extent, could be a big factor in bowl seeding for both teams this year.
17. Maryland at. North Carolina State—Nov. 7
This game could be important to the Atlantic Division race, Maryland might not have hopes of a division title, but State could find the Terps to be a bump in their road.
16. Maryland at. Boston College—Nov. 28
Last year's game was as important as they get, and the Eagles dominated. This time around the game likely will not have the same meaning, but revenge on rival turf will be in order.
15. Clemson at. North Carolina State—Nov. 14
The last two seasons the Tigers have dominated the Wolfpack, but this go around the Wolfpack might be the favorites. The Tigers speed has proven to be the kryptonite of State, but can a new season spell anew for the Pack.
14. Florida State at. Boston College—Oct. 3
The Seminoles should have the upper leg in talent this year, but the Eagles have been the overachieving team of the Atlantic lately. An upset here would likely cause chaos above and beyond that already expected in the ACC.
13. Clemson at. Miami—Oct. 24
This should be a good game that will propel one of these two teams into their divisional races. The loser on the other hand probably loses their shot at an ACC title.
12. North Carolina State at. Virginia Tech—Nov. 21
A late season matchup that could be crucial for each team. A home loss for Tech would possibly ruin their run at a third ACC title in a row, while State will possibly be vying for the title run in the Atlantic.
11. Georgia Tech at Miami—Sept. 17
A Thursday night showdown early in the year. Tech will be coming off a matchup with Clemson, while Miami will be in the middle of a brutal stretch to open the season. This might be Miami's best chance to win in the first four games, but after last year's performance in Atlanta, it hard to believe the Canes can stop the option.
10. Florida State at. North Carolina—Oct. 22
Another Thursday night game, this time in Chapel Hill could be a cooker. Middle of season, and lots on the line, the Tar Heel faithful should be out in plenty of baby blue.
9. Florida State at. Clemson—Nov. 7
The former Bowden Bowl will still feature a pair of rivals in Death Valley. If Clemson can play up to their potential then this game could be for the Atlantic Division title.
8. North Carolina at. Virginia Tech—Oct. 29
And another great Thursday night showdown, which will be a rematch of a great game last year in Chapel Hill. North Carolina should have the athletes on defense to make this another classic.
7. North Carolina at. Georgia Tech—Sept. 26
I see this as a swing game in the Coastal Division, the winner will mostly likely be the only of the two teams with a potential shot at the Coastal division title.
6. Clemson at. Georgia Tech—Sept. 10
Just five days after each team opens with a very winnable matchup this game will most likely set the tone for the rest of the season for both squads. Georgia Tech has dreams of an ACC title, but a trip up here and that might escape after just one game. Clemson on the other hand could pull the huge upset and get confidence to get rolling.
5. North Carolina State at. Florida State—Oct. 31
This is another game that could very well decide the winner of the Atlantic division. With the Noles playing in Tallahassee it could be a tall order for the Wolfpack who have struggled against the Noles for a while.
4. Miami at. Virginia Tech—Sept. 26
Game three of the brutal stretch for the Hurricanes, it is going to be tough for them to leave Blacksburg with a win. The Hokies could be red hot if they can beat the Crimson Tide in the Georgia Dome in week one, but the Hurricanes could easily be trying to avoid a 0-3 start.
3. Miami at. Florida State—Sept. 7
A fun labor day evening special between the two ACC Florida teams. Originally balloted to be a yearly showdown of top five teams, the two schools have looked downward of late. The good news is both should be improved this year, with their sights set on getting back on the national stage.
2. Georgia Tech at. Florida State—Oct. 10
The best inter-divisional matchup of the season could be a preview of the ACC championship game. Unfortunately, the loser here could have their hopes dashed if they don't win in this one.
1. Virginia Tech at. Georgia Tech—Oct. 17
The game on the countdown is a matchup of the possibly the best two teams from the ACC in 2009. Although Virginia Tech is the favorite for the title, the game is being played in Atlanta, Georgia, and if last year's game was a sign of how this one could play out, then we are looking at a classic.
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