Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • USF Sports Bulletin
  • Joey Knight

FSU, Willie Taggart face unforgiving ACC slate in 2018

By the looks of the ACC football schedules released Wednesday, Willie Taggart's first season in the league will seem more like an initiation than an introduction.

Taggart makes his debut as FSU coach on Labor Day evening (Sept. 3) at home against Virginia Tech, then faces consecutive road games at Louisville (Sept. 29) and Miami (Oct. 6) midway through the season. A daunting trifecta of Clemson (Oct. 27 at home), N.C. State (Nov. 3, away) and Notre Dame (Nov. 10, away) follow.

Collectively, the league hypes its composite schedule as featuing "arguably the most challenging non-conference competition among the Power 5 conferences."

"ACC teams will play more games against non-conference teams (13) ranked in last year's final Associated Press Top 25 than any other Power Five conference," the conference news release states.

Miami's schedule, by comparison to FSU's, is a bit more forgiving. After a Sunday night season opener (Sept. 2) against LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the 'Canes play three consecutive non-Power Five foes before opening ACC play on a Thursday night (Sept. 27) against North Carolina.

After hosting FSU on Oct. 6, the 'Canes play only one home game — Nov. 3 vs. Duke — over the next six weeks.