2016 schedule analysis: Atlantic Division

The ACC released its 2016 football schedule on Tuesday, and some teams ended up with more favorable slates than others. How did the schedule shake out for each Atlantic Division program?



Boston College jumps right into its cross-over slate in the early weeks of the season, as the Eagles will play Coastal Division opponents Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in September. Steve Addazio’s club will host Georgia Tech in the season opener on Sept. 3 and then travel to Blacksburg to take on new head coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies Sept. 17. The Yellow Jackets and Hokies both disappointed in 2015 and will be looking to get back to the top of the Coastal. Coming off a dreadful season of their own last fall, the Eagles will be doing well to split this challenging early pair of road contests.

From there, things get a little easier for the Eagles, as they’ll travel to UMass and then host Wagner and Buffalo before Clemson comes to Chestnut Hill in early October. BC has to travel to NC State and Florida State in late October and early November before traveling to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest in the regular-season finale.

All things considered, BC’s league schedule isn’t nearly as rough as it could be. The Eagles avoid some of the better Coastal Division teams, and they get Clemson at home, where they’ve typically played the Tigers fairly tough even when they haven’t gotten wins. It’s going to be awfully hard to beat Deshaun Watson and company, but they could have a chance to run the table at home from there if they can upset Louisville in early November.