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By Matt Smith
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The 2013 ACC football season begins Aug. 29 when Wake Forest hosts Presbyterian and North Carolina travels to South Carolina.

The ACC unveiled its football scheduling rotation for the next 12 years Wednesday, as teams learned the order of non-division, non-permanent opponents that they will face through 2024.

The full release from the ACC is available here.

A 6-1-1 rotation remains in place, so that means teams will play seven of eight opponents annually, with only one rotating opponent each year.

The conference will officially expand to 14 teams next month with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse. In July 2014, Louisville will replace Maryland, which is departing for the Big Ten. Also in 2014, Notre Dame will begin playing five rotating ACC opponents annually.

The only change to permanent non-division opponents will be Louisville sliding into Maryland’s place in the Atlantic Division and meeting Virginia from the Coastal Division each season. Boston College-Virginia Tech, Clemson-Georgia Tech, Florida State-Miami, N.C. State-North Carolina, Syracuse-Pittsburgh and Wake Forest-Duke remain as annual crossover games.

Opponents for Notre Dame from 2014-2016 were announced in April, but Wednesday’s release did not specify any Fighting Irish opponents beyond 2016. The Irish will face Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest in 2014.

Teams will go either five or seven years between games with other non-division, non-permanent opponents in order to balance the number of home and away games each season. Playing each opponent once every six years is not mathematically feasible in a schedule that includes four home and four away games for each team.

Former Big East foes Syracuse and Miami (FL) will meet for the first time since 2003 in 2017 when the Orange travel to Sun Life Stadium. The Orange will also renew acquaintances with another former Big East rival that they haven’t faced since 2003, Virginia Tech, in 2016, when the Hokies trek north to the Carrier Dome.

Pittsburgh and Boston College will rekindle their rivalry, which ended in 2004, when the Panthers visit Chestnut Hill in 2014. Louisville and Pittsburgh played annually from 2005-2012 in the Big East, and their brief hiatus from each other will end in 2015 when the Cardinals come to Heinz Field for the teams’ first ACC meeting.

The 2013 ACC football season begins Aug. 29 when Wake Forest hosts Presbyterian and North Carolina travels to South Carolina. The first conference game of the season comes on Sept. 2 when Florida State travels to Pittsburgh for the Panthers’ first ACC game.

Matt Smith - Matt is a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame and has spent most of his life pondering why most people in the Mid-Atlantic actually think there are more important things than college football. He has blogged for College Football News, covering both national news as well as Notre Dame and the service academies. He credits Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel for his love of college football and tailgating at Florida, Tennessee, and Auburn for his love of sundresses. Matt covers the ACC as well as the national scene.