Maryland will not face Duke, North Carolina or N.C. State at home next season. (Bob Leverone/AP)
Somewhat quietly on Tuesday, the ACC released home and away opponent assignments for the 18-game, 15-team league for 2013-14. My quick initial reaction was WOOOOOO YES GIMME GIMME UHHHHH HUHHHHHH.
The actual dates of the games will be released later this summer, but here are some of the matchup highlights in the newly enhanced league. Duke and Syracuse will play home-and-home next season. I'm not sure which is more compelling: The Orange at Cameron or the Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome in front of 30,000-plus. The Blue Devils get to experience a taste of life in the old Big East, with road games at Pitt and Notre Dame, in addition to the visit to Syracuse. Mix in a roadie at natural rival North Carolina and that's a formidable chunk of a league road schedule. Maryland doesn't get any of Duke, North Carolina or N.C. State at home in its final ACC season before moving to the Big Ten. I'm sure that was just a coincidence. There's no way the league office would quietly stick it to the Terps in retaliation for a cash grab that could have blown up the conference. North Carolina doesn't have a road bargain, either, with games at Duke, Syracuse and Notre Dame, among others.
None of this includes Florida State possibly winning the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes, making the Seminoles a huge handful, or the arrival a year from now of current national champ Louisville.
Yeah, I think we're going to like this new league.