Countdown to kickoff: No. 18

There are 18 more weekdays until NC State kicks off against Tennessee in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31. We’re counting down with 25 reasons to be excited about ACC football this year. This list features coaches, players, games, themes, position groups – 25 things for you to look forward to.

The countdown to kickoff continues with …

No. 18: ACC vs. Notre Dame. You want the Irish in the Orange Bowl? In the conference? Well here’s your sneak preview. Once again Notre Dame will be part of the ACC’s nonconference lineup, with games against Miami (Oct. 6 at Soldier Field), Boston College (Nov. 10), and Wake Forest (Nov. 17). Last year, the ACC struck out and went 0-3 against Notre Dame during the regular season, but Florida State beat the Irish in the Champs Sports Bowl, 18-14. Will the ACC whiff again? Will Notre Dame partner with the league sooner than later? It’s an interesting subplot worth following this fall.

  • No. 19 Clemson's offensive playmakers

  • No. 20 The ACC's record chasers

  • No. 21 Larry Fedora

  • No. 22 One of the nation's top rushing offenses

  • No. 23 The last season before expansion

  • No. 24 Brent Venables

  • No. 25 A fresh start at Maryland