The Atlantic Coast Conference released the full slate on Wednesday afternoon, giving fans a look at next season.
Boston College will open the 2014 season in Foxboro at Gillette Stadium as they face Mark Whipple and the Massachusetts Minutemen on August 30. The home opener will be against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Friday night, September 5.
This will begin a string of four consecutive home games, as the Eagles follow up Pittsburgh with a Week 3 meeting with USC on September 13, Maine on September 20, and Colorado State on September 27.
The Eagles will have a bye on October 4 (Week 6), then diving back into their ACC schedule with a road game at NC State (October 11), home against Clemson (Week 8, October 18), away at Wake Forest (October 25) and Virginia Tech (November 1), and them home against Louisville (November 8). Boston College gets a second bye in Week 12, finishing up the regular season with a road date at Florida State (November 22) and the home finale against Syracuse (November 29).
Boston College will not leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until October, as they will open at Gillette just half an hour away and then play four in a row at home. This will afford the Eagles a chance to get some momentum at Alumni Stadium before heading into the meat of their conference schedule. For a young team, that is probably the best thing for which they could ask, especially given that games like UMass, Maine, and Colorado State seem winnable. Recall that the Eagles went 5-1 at Alumni Stadium in 2013.
The schedule ramps up later as Clemson, Louisville, and Florida State lie ahead, but the two former teams are replacing their star quarterbacks. Generally speaking, most of the schedule seems manageable, but given the fact that the Eagles will have a young team as well, there is no telling at this stage what will happen.
The consensus seems to be that Eagles fans like the schedule, and it’s hard to argue with that analysis. Block off all of your September weekends now.