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By BJ Bennett
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A look at the ACC's top ten non-conference games.

1. Virginia Tech vs Ohio State, September 7th
The gem of the college football kickoff, the Hokies will look to make it two in a row over the Buckeyes, who promptly went on to win the national championship after last season's 35-21 upset in the Horseshoe. Lane Stadium will be in an absolute frenzy as Virginia Tech, and the ACC, look for a signature victory.

2. Clemson vs Notre Dame, October 3rd
Surprisingly, the Tigers and Fighting Irish have not played each other since 1979. Death Valley will be in rare form for a game that should have national implications. This will be a huge spotlight for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who could be in the Heisman Trophy conversation.    

3. Louisville vs Auburn, September 5th
Another fun Chick-fil-A Kickoff pairing in the Georgia Dome, this could be a springboard forward for a very talented Cardinals team. A win here would help elevate Louisville's stature nationally. The Tigers, in the national title game two years ago, are being picked by some as the pre-season SEC favorite. 

4. Georgia Tech vs Georgia, November 28th
The Yellow Jackets have not put together consecutive victories over the Bulldogs since winning three straight from 1998-2000. They have only won once in Atlanta since 1989. With the return of quarterback Justin Thomas, expectations are high for Georgia Tech; a lot could be on the line when these two meet.   

5. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, September 19th
If the Yellow Jackets hope to be in the mix for a College Football Playoff spot, an early win on the road against the Fighting Irish would offer great momentum. A victory would stand as an early-season statement for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets first played Notre Dame back in 1922. 

6. Miami vs Nebraska, September 19th
Quarterback Brad Kaaya and the Hurricanes expect to take a step forward in 2015 and beating the Cornhuskers would help them do just that. Nebraska won last season's meeting in Lincoln 41-31. Miami hasn't hosted the 'Huskers in a regular season game since 1951. 

7. Clemson at South Carolina, November 28th
As usual, a lot will be on the lot when Dabo Swinney's Tigers and Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks collide. After five consecutive losses in the series, Clemson won 35-17 this past November and will be hoping to start a new streak.  

8. Florida State at Florida, November 28th
The Seminoles have won in The Swamp just five times since 1989; on three of those occasions, they went on to win the national championship. The Gators hope to have a new energy under Jim McElwain. 

9. North Carolina vs South Carolina, September 3rd
If the ACC hopes to gain some early season momentum, a September win over the SEC would certainly help. The Tar Heels have a lot of talent offensively, with quarterback Marquise Williams returning.

10. Syracuse vs LSU, September 26th
Though the Orange will likely be considerable underdogs, having Les Miles and the Tigers in the Carrier Dome will bring a big-time opportunity.

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