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A look at the 2009 football schedule

February 13, 2009
ACC Now

Sept. 3 South Carolina
Sept. 12 Murray State
Sept. 19 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 26 Pittsburgh
Oct. 3 @ Wake Forest
Oct. 10 Duke
Oct. 17 @ Boston College
Oct. 24 bye
Oct. 31 @ Florida State
Nov. 7 Maryland
Nov. 14 Clemson
Nov. 21 @ Virginia Tech
Nov. 28 UNC

Perhaps the most notable item on this is what concludes it: a season-ending matchup with Carolina at Carter-Finley.

What a wonderful, wonderful site to behold: The front offices of the ACC acknowledging that this game — not the Duke/Carolina matchup for the Victory Bell — is the state’s most significant college football game.

I have no idea if this trend will continue, but frankly, this game getting season-ending slotting has been long, long overdue.

(Continues)

Other items of note: like our blue brethren, two FCS opponents are on the schedule this year. What that means is that it will take seven wins this season, not six, to become bowl eligible.

State opens the year with a rematch against the South Carolina Gamecocks on a Thursday night in what should be one hell of a game. Then the two FCS cupcakes precede State’s final out-of-conference game, a home tilt against Pittsburgh.

After that, it’s conference matchups all the way home. Oct. 24th brings a nice respite before a brutal closing stretch that will decide State’s fate.

But the big news again is that final game against Carolina. If the Pack meets expectations and the Heels do, too, then we all may get our football Christmas wish and see this game determine much more than simply in-state bragging rights.

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