Conference: Home --- Duke, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest; Road --- Clemson, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Virginia Tech
Nonconference: Home --- James Madison, Louisville, Rutgers; Road --- East Carolina
Bye: Week 11
Don’t play: Boston College, Florida State, Maryland
Must-see: In terms of home games, the visit from Miami is the clear jewel. But the late Thursday night jaunt to Blacksburg should be a treat as well.
A favorable setup: The home schedule is, shall we say, accommodating. Even if North Carolina takes a step back after some significant losses, the conference's three worst teams from a year ago visit Chapel Hill. And Carolina is the Coastal Division's answer to Florida State, avoiding the top two Atlantic contenders after wrapping up a home-and-home with the Seminoles last year.
And not so much: There isn't much for North Carolina to be upset about. It gets an extra five days to prepare for the best team on its schedule, opens with three eminently winnable games and at only one point does it play three of four on the road. One thing that does stand out as a quirk is facing Georgia Tech's triple option and East Carolina's pass-happy systems in consecutive weeks.
The full schedule:
Sept. 3: James Madison
Sept. 10: Rutgers
Sept. 17: Virginia
Sept. 24: at Georgia Tech
Oct. 1: at East Carolina
Oct. 8: Louisville
Oct. 15: Miami
Oct. 22: at Clemson
Oct. 29: Wake Forest
Nov. 5: at N.C. State
Nov. 17: at Virginia Tech, ESPN, 8
Nov. 26: Duke