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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ga. Tech, FSU release 2011 football schedules; top recruit Clowney chooses S.C.

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's 2011 football schedule, which includes seven home games and eight games against teams that participated in bowl games last season, was officially released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

The Yellow Jackets' home schedule includes non-conference games against Western Carolina, Kansas and Georgia, and ACC contests against Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina and defending ACC Champion Virginia Tech. Tech's road schedule consists of a non-league game at Middle Tennessee State and ACC opponents NC State, Virginia, Duke and Miami.

Georgia Tech's Nov. 10 game against Virginia Tech will continue the Yellow Jackets' tradition of playing in a nationally-televised Thursday night game on ESPN, doing so for the 25th time -- more than any other team in NCAA Division I -- and for the 19th consecutive season.

"The schedule will certainly be very challenging," head coach Paul Johnson said. "I expect the ACC to be extremely competitive this season. Almost every team is capable of competing for the conference championship. I know our fans are excited about the seven-game home schedule, which includes a number of very good teams."

In the ACC schedule rotation, Maryland replaces Wake Forest on Tech's schedule. Tech opens the 2011 campaign Sept. 1 -- a Thursday night -- at home vs. Western Carolina.

Nine days later, the Jackets make their first trip to Middle Tennessee State, then return home Sept. 17 to host Kansas.

The Yellow Jackets kickoff ACC play Sept. 24 in Bobby Dodd Stadium against North Carolina. Tech opened conference play against the Tar Heels last season, coming away with a 30-24 victory in Chapel Hill.

On Oct. 1, Tech plays on the road at NC State -- the Yellow Jackets' first game in Raleigh (N.C.) since 2006. The following Saturday, Oct. 8, Maryland and new coach Randy Edsall come to Atlanta for the first time since 2006.

The Jackets then play back-to-back road games -- Oct. 15 at Virginia and Oct. 22 at Miami. Georgia Tech's win at Virginia in 2009 was its first in Charlottesville (Va.) since 1990. Tech's game at Miami will mark the Yellow Jackets' first game at Sun Life Stadium since playing in the Orange Bowl in January of 2010.

Three of Georgia Tech's final four games come at home -- each against rivals.

Georgia Tech and Clemson, which played in the 2009 ACC Championship game, meet in Bobby Dodd Stadium Oct. 29.

After playing nine consecutive weeks, the Jackets have an open date Nov. 5.

The Nov. 10 ESPN-televised game against Virginia Tech marks the second straight year the Yellow Jackets and Hokies meet in an ESPN Thursday Night contest. The 2011 game will be the fourth since 2004 in which the two Techs have met on a Thursday night.

Since divisional play began in 2005, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are the only two teams to win Coastal Division titles.

Tech's final road game and final ACC game of 2011 comes Nov. 19 at Duke.

The Yellow Jackets close the regular season Nov. 26 in Atlanta against traditional rival Georgia.

Georgia Tech's 2011 schedule

Date Opponent

Sept. 1 (Thursday) Western Carolina

Sept. 10 at Middle Tennessee State

Sept. 17 Kansas

Sept. 24 North Carolina

Oct. 1 at NC State

Oct. 8 Maryland

Oct. 15 at Virginia

Oct. 22 at Miami

Oct. 29 Clemson

Nov. 5 Open

Nov. 10 (Thursday) Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

Nov. 19 at Duke

Nov. 26 Georgia

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FSU SETS 2011 SLATE:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Sept. 17 visit from perennial powerhouse Oklahoma and another by archrival Miami on Nov. 12 highlights Florida State's 2011 football schedule released Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Seminoles, who were 10-4 last season to finish 17th in The Associated Press' final poll of the season in Jimbo Fisher's first year as head coach, play seven home games, including their first three. The annual season-ending Florida game is set Nov. 26 in Gainesville.

Including the first November date with Miami in 20 years.

The last time the schools met in November was the memorable "wide right" game in 1991 when the Hurricanes escaped with a 17-16 victory after Gerry Thomas' missed a 34-yard field goal with 25 seconds left. The loss snapped the Seminoles 16-game winning streak and knocked them out of national title contention.

Nine days before this year's Miami game finds Florida State at Boston College for an ESPN nationally televised game, Nov. 3.

After the Oklahoma game, the Seminoles go five weeks without a home game, including an Oct. 1 open date. They open ACC play Sept. 24 at Clemson and visit Wake Forest, Oct. 8, and Duke, Oct. 15, before returning home against Maryland, Oct. 22, and North Carolina State, Oct. 29.

Florida State plays its first three games at home against non-conference opponents Louisiana-Monroe, Sept. 3, Charleston-Southern, Sept. 10 and then Oklahoma, which dismantled the Seminoles 47-17 last fall.

Florida State closes it home schedule Nov. 19 against Virginia.

FSU's 2011 schedule

Sept. 3 Louisiana-Monroe

Sept. 10 Charleston So.

Sept. 17 Oklahoma

Sept. 24 at Clemson

Oct. 1 open date

Oct. 8 at Wake Forest

Oct. 15 at Duke

Oct. 22 Maryland

Oct. 29 North Carolina St.

Nov. 3- at Boston College (Thursday night)

Nov. 12 Miami

Nov. 19 Virginia

Nov. 26 at Florida