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The 2021 ACC football schedule was released on Thursday morning, and there are several intriguing games on the slate -- particularly involving defending conference champion Clemson. The Tigers will open the season in Charlotte, North Carolina, against SEC power Georgia, will kick off the ACC slate two weeks later at home against Georgia Tech and will host Florida State in Week 9.

Speaking of Florida State, second-year coach Mike Norvell has drawn Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on the opening Sunday of the season and has a road game against upstart North Carolina in Week 6 prior to its showdown with Clemson three weeks later. 

The Tar Heels will be one of the trendy picks to win the ACC, and will participate in the only conference game of Week 1 -- a road tilt at Virginia Tech on either Thursday, Sept. 2 or Friday, Sept. 3. 

The league will return to its two-division format in 2021 and hold its championship game on Dec. 4 in Charlotte. Notre Dame, which competed as a member of the ACC last season, will return to playing as an independent, but will play five non-conference games vs. ACC teams.

Here's a look at the full slate of ACC games during the 2021 season:

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 2
USF at NC State
Thursday, Sept. 2 or Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech 
Friday, Sept. 3
Old Dominion at Wake Forest
Saturday, Sept. 4
Colgate at Boston College
Clemson vs. Georgia (Duke's Mayo Classic, Charlotte)
Duke at Charlotte
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech
Miami vs. Alabama (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta)
UMass at Pitt
Syracuse at Ohio
William & Mary at Virginia
Sunday, Sept. 5
Florida State at Notre Dame
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta)

Week 2

Saturday, Sept. 11
Boston College at UMass
South Carolina State at Clemson
North Carolina A&T at Duke
Jacksonville State at Florida State
Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech
Eastern Kentucky at Louisville
Appalachian State at Miami
Georgia State at North Carolina
NC State at Mississippi State
Pitt at Tennessee
Rutgers at Syracuse
Illinois at Virginia
Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech
Norfolk State at Wake Forest

Week 3

Friday, Sept. 17
UCF at Louisville
Saturday, Sept. 18
Boston College at Temple 
Georgia Tech at Clemson
Northwestern at Duke
Florida State at Wake Forest
Michigan State at Miami
Virginia at North Carolina
Furman at NC State
Western Michigan at Pitt
Albany at Syracuse
Virginia Tech at West Virginia

Week 4

Friday, Sept. 24
Liberty at Syracuse
Wake Forest at Virginia
Saturday, Sept. 25
Missouri at Boston College
Clemson at NC State
Kansas at Duke
Louisville at Florida State
North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Central Connecticut at Miami
New Hampshire at Pitt
Richmond at Virginia Tech

Week 5

Thursday, Sept. 30
Virginia at Miami
Saturday, Oct. 2
Boston College at Clemson
Duke at North Carolina
Syracuse at Florida State
Pitt at Georgia Tech
Louisville at Wake Forest
Louisiana Tech at NC State

Week 6

Saturday, Oct. 9 
Georgia Tech at Duke
Florida State at North Carolina
Virginia at Louisville
Wake Forest at Syracuse
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech

Week 7

Friday, Oct. 15
Clemson at Syracuse
Saturday, Oct. 16
NC State at Boston College
Duke at Virginia 
Miami at North Carolina
Pitt at Virginia Tech

Week 8

Saturday, Oct. 23
Boston College at Louisville
Clemson at Pitt
UMass at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Virginia
NC State at Miami
Syracuse at Virginia Tech
Wake Forest at Army

Week 9

Saturday, Oct. 30
Boston College at Syracuse
Florida State at Clemson
Duke at Wake Forest
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Louisville at NC State
Miami at Pitt
North Carolina at Notre Dame
Virginia at BYU

Week 10

Friday, Nov. 5
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Saturday, Nov. 6
Clemson at Louisville
Pitt at Duke
NC State at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Miami
Wake Forest at North Carolina (non-conference)

Week 11

Thursday, Nov. 11
North Carolina at Pitt
Saturday, Nov. 13
Boston College at Georgia Tech
UConn at Clemson
Duke at Virginia Tech
Miami at Florida State
Syracuse at Louisville
NC State at Wake Forest
Notre Dame at Virginia

Week 12

Thursday, Nov. 18
Louisville at Duke
Saturday, Nov. 20
Florida State at Boston College
Wake Forest at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Virginia Tech at Miami
Wofford at North Carolina
Syracuse at NC State
Virginia at Pitt

Week 13

Friday, Nov. 26
North Carolina at NC State
Saturday, Nov. 27
Wake Forest at Boston College
Clemson at South Carolina
Miami at Duke
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Kentucky at Louisville
Pitt at Syracuse
Virginia Tech at Virginia

Week 14

Saturday, Dec. 4
ACC Football Championship Game (Charlotte)