ACC announces 2022 football schedule
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2022 football schedule Monday night during a two-hour special The Huddle: 2022 Football Schedule Reveal, exclusively on the ACC Network.
ACC Football’s 70th season will feature 56 league games and 56 non-conference competitions. Each team will play eight league competitions, including six division games, one permanent non-division opponent and one rotating opponent from the opposing division. The 2022 schedule includes a minimum of one open date for each team, and at least one conference contest is scheduled each week, with the exception of week zero.
“As we look to the 2022 ACC football season, there is tremendous excitement within the conference and our 14 football programs,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph. .D. “As usual, the schedule features incredibly competitive league competition as well as arguably the toughest collection of non-conference opponents. We look forward to seeing our amazing student-athletes compete for championships and appreciate the work of our television partners to make every match accessible to our fans.
Difficult slate out of conference
• ACC’s non-conference schedule continues to be the toughest in the country. In addition to 21 games against Power 5 opponents, the ACC will play eight non-conference games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Final 2021 Poll.
• All 14 ACC teams face at least one non-conference Power 5 opponent, while seven schools – Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Syracuse – face two.
• ACC teams will play 27 games against opponents who bowled last year.
• ACC teams will play nine non-conference games against teams from ESPN’s 2022 Way-Too-Early Top 25.
The season starts at week zero
• The season begins Saturday, August 27, when North Carolina hosts Florida A&M and Florida State hosts Duquesne in week zero. This is the first August season opener for the league since 2019.
Labor Day Weekend – Five Days of Football
• The ACC will be featured throughout Labor Day weekend with 12 games over a five-day period, September 1-5. No other leagues play all five days of week one. It’s the fourth time in the last six years that the ACC has played for five straight days in Week 1.
• Labor Day weekend begins Thursday, Sept. 1 with both last year’s ACC Division Champions in action. ACC and Coastal Division champion Pitt hosts West Virginia at Heinz Field, and Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest opens against VMI at Winston-Salem. On Friday, September 2, Duke welcomes Temple. Virginia Tech at Old Dominion will be played Sept. 2 or 3.
• Saturday’s slate includes the first league game of the year – Louisville at Syracuse, and the first of four games against an Alliance member school – Boston College against Rutgers (Big Ten). Other Sept. 3 games include Bethune-Cookman at Miami, North Carolina at Appalachian State, NC State at East Carolina and Richmond at Virginia.
• On Sunday September 4, Florida State travels to New Orleans to face LSU at Caesars Superdome. The 2022 season opener is the first of two games between the teams over the next two seasons. In 2023, the teams will play in Orlando, Florida.
• In Chick-fil-A’s kick-off game on Labor Day Monday, Georgia Tech hosts Clemson at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Tigers, who beat Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl, won 10 games for the 11th consecutive season in 2021.
Games against Notre Dame
• ACC teams will play four non-conference games against Notre Dame in 2022:
- Our Lady of North Carolina, September 24 (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
- Notre Dame in Syracuse, October 29 (Syracuse, New York)
- Clemson at Notre Dame, Nov. 5 (Notre Dame, Indiana)
- Boston College at Notre Dame, November 19 (Notre Dame, Indiana)
Games against the Alliance (Big Ten & Pac-12)
• ACC teams will play four non-conference games against Alliance teams (all Big Ten)
- Rutgers at Boston College, September 3 (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
- Duke at Northwestern, September 10 (Evanston, Ill.)
- Virginia at Illinois, September 10 (Champaign, Illinois)
- Purdue at Syracuse, Sept. 17 (Syracuse, NY)
• The ACC has postseason deals to play the Pac-12 at both the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl and the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. In 2022, the ACC will face a Big Ten team in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium and the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Subway ACC Football Championship Game
• The 2022 Subway ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the winner of the Atlantic Division against the winner of the Coastal Division. The ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have reached an agreement to keep the championship game in Charlotte through the 2030 season.
ACC bowl chords
• The ACC is in the ninth year of a 12-year agreement with the Capital One Orange Bowl, which will host an ACC team – either its champion or the next available team – every year the Orange Bowl does not play. This is not a semifinal site for the College Football Playoffs. The opponent will be the highest ranked available team from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame.
• Current ACC bowl lineup through 2025 includes Cheez-It Bowl, Duke’s Mayo Bowl, Wasabi Fenway Bowl, Military Bowl Presented by Peraton, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. Additionally, the ACC will send a team to the Outback Bowl if the league’s opponent in a non-semifinal Capital One Orange Bowl is from the Big Ten. The league will also send a team to the Gasparilla Bowl or the Birmingham Bowl on an annual basis.
• The Atlantic Coast Conference, now in its 69th year of competition and 15 members strong, has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the country. ACC members Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest continue to rely on the cornerstones on which the league was founded in 1953 with a consistent balance of academics, athleticism and integrity. The ACC currently sponsors 27 NCAA sports – 14 for women and 13 for men – with member institutions located in 10 states. Women’s gymnastics will become the league’s 28th sponsored sport in the 2023-24 academic year. In August 2019, ESPN and the ACC partnered to launch ACC Network (ACCN), a 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports and original programming league-wide. For more information, visit theACC.com and follow @theACC on Twitter and on Facebook (facebook.com/theACC).