ACC announces 2012 schedule

The long-awaited 2012 ACC football schedule has finally, officially been released.

A few highlights from the release:

  • On Labor Day, Virginia Tech will host Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., in a nationally-televised prime time contest on ESPN. Two games later the Hokies will face incoming ACC member Pittsburgh, on Sept. 15.

  • Miami will play Notre Dame on Oct. 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago and Virginia Tech will face Cincinnati on Sept. 29 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Additionally, a pair of ACC teams will participate in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff doubleheader, when NC State will face Tennessee on Aug. 31, and Clemson plays Auburn on Sept. 1, with both games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

  • ACC teams will also play 10 games against eight teams selected by ESPN.com in its early preseason Top 25 including matches with projected fifth-ranked Georgia (Georgia Tech), seventh-ranked West Virginia (Maryland) and 10th-ranked South Carolina (Clemson).

  • Boston College, Miami and Wake Forest will all play Notre Dame, and ACC teams will also play 12th-ranked Kansas State (Miami), 13th-ranked Stanford (Duke), 15th-ranked TCU (Virginia) and 25th-ranked Florida (Florida State).

We've got plenty of time between now and Labor Day to go over this schedule and we will — at length. Stay tuned, though, for a quick first-take.