The ACC released the football schedules for the conference on Tuesday, which included the dates for the Virginia football team’s 2017 slate. The Cavaliers will host 7 games this fall at Scott Stadium with one bye week. UVA’s schedule includes 9 opponents that made a bowl game after the 2016 season, but avoids Atlantic Division powers Clemson and Florida State.
Take a look at the Virginia football schedule below and click here for the full UVA athletics news release.
2017 Virginia Football Schedule
Sept. 2 WILLIAM & MARY
Sept. 9 INDIANA
Sept. 16 UCONN
Sept. 23 at Boise State
Sept. 30 BYE
Oct. 7 DUKE
Oct. 14 at North Carolina
Oct. 21 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 28 at Pitt
Nov. 4 GEORGIA TECH
Nov. 11 at Louisville
Nov. 18 at Miami
Nov. 24 VIRGINIA TECH (Friday)
The Hoos and Hokies lock up on Friday for the second time in four seasons, marking just the third Friday game in series history (1996, 2014, 2017). The previous two Friday meetings took place in Blacksburg. UVA hopes to snap a 13-game losing streak to its in-state rival.
That chance comes at the tail end of eight weeks of ACC play. Starting with Duke at home on Oct. 7, the Virginia football team closes out the season with eight consecutive conference games. The season’s only back-to-back road games come during that stretch. The Hoos play at Louisville and at Miami in between home games with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
The Cavaliers also play a home league game against Boston College. UVA’s ACC road games include trips to North Carolina and Pittsburgh as well.
Before those league games arrive, however, Virginia will play all four of its non-conference games in September. The Hoos open the season with three straight home games against William & Mary, Indiana, and Connecticut. They travel to Boise State on Sept. 23.
All told, the schedule sets up fairly favorably for Bronco Mendenhall’s second season in charge of the program. After a 2-10 finish in his debut season with six games each home and away, the chance to play seven home games looks promising.
The non-con schedule cannot be considered too ambitious for the program’s current status. W&M finished 5-6 in 2016, while Indy and UConn will have new coaches on the job. Plus, this year’s additional Atlantic Division foe other than permanent partner Louisville is Boston College. The Eagles finished 7-6 last season after they managed a 3-9 record in 2015 that included no ACC wins
“We are excited to once again have seven home games at Scott Stadium,” said Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall. “The ACC is one of the nation’s top football conferences. We understand the challenge that presents and our team is dedicated and focused on improving in all areas.”