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ACC football schedule 2017: NC State opens conference play against Florida State

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This is a much more manageable schedule than in years past.

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We knew a few games and dates but did not have the complete picture for 2017 until today. The ACC released the complete football schedule for next season, and here is what it’s gonna look like for the Wolfpack:

Sept. 2 — vs. South Carolina (Bank of America Stadium/Charlotte)

Sept. 9 — vs. Marshall

Sept. 16 — vs. Furman

Sept. 23 — at Florida State

Sept. 30 — vs. Syracuse

Oct. 5 — vs. Louisville (Thursday night ESPN game)

Oct. 14 — at Pittsburgh

[BYE WEEK]

Oct. 28 — at Notre Dame

Nov. 4 — vs. Clemson

Nov. 11 — at Boston College

Nov. 18 — at Wake Forest

Nov. 25 — vs. North Carolina (that’s a Saturday!)

Last season, you may remember, NC State had to run the Clemson-Louisville-FSU gauntlet in the span of four weeks, but we have a much more balanced schedule in 2017. It also helps that two of those three are at home rather than on the road.

NC State will be playing a Thursday-nighter against Louisville, which could be a heck of an atmosphere depending on how the Florida State game goes. I don’t really like opening league play in September but, hey, the other team is still getting themselves together too, I suppose.

The bye week comes at a great time, giving State a mid-season break right before heading into a pretty tough two-week stretch.

The schedule sets up for a potential strong finish, and the UNC game is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, not Friday.