2010 Atlantic Coast Conference football season

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2010 Atlantic Coast Conference football season
League NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)
Sport football
Duration September 2, 2010
through January 9, 2011
Number of teams 12
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Raycom
Regular Season
Season champions Virginia Tech Hokies
Runners-up Florida State Seminoles
Football seasons
← 2009
2011 →
2010 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#17 Florida State x   7 2         10 4  
#23 Maryland   5 3         9 4  
#25 NC State   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Clemson   4 4         6 7  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Coastal
#16 Virginia Tech x   8 0         11 3  
Miami   5 3         7 6  
North Carolina   4 4         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         6 7  
Virginia   1 7         4 8  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Virginia Tech 44, Florida State 33
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference football season was the 58th season of Atlantic Coast Conference football. The season started September 2, 2010 and ended January 9, 2011. The twelve conference schools were divided into two divisions. The Virginia Tech Hokies won the Coastal Division while the Florida State Seminoles won the Atlantic Division. On December 4, 2010, the Hokies defeated the Seminoles 44–33 to win the 2010 ACC Championship and the right to represent the conference in the 2011 Orange Bowl, where the Hokies lost 12–40 to the Stanford Cardinal of the Pac-10.

Member Schools[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Joined ACC School Type ACC Football Titles
Boston College Eagles Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863 2005 Private/Jesuit 0
Clemson Tigers Clemson, South Carolina 1889 1953 Public 13
Duke Blue Devils Durham, North Carolina 1838 1953 Private/Non-Sectarian 7
Florida State Seminoles Tallahassee, Florida 1851 1991 Public 12
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Atlanta, Georgia 1885 1979 Public 3
Maryland Terrapins College Park, Maryland 1856 1953 Public 9
Miami Hurricanes Coral Gables, Florida 1925 2004 Private/Non-Sectarian 0
North Carolina Tar Heels Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1789 1953 Public 5
NC State Wolfpack Raleigh, North Carolina 1887 1953 Public 7
Virginia Cavaliers Charlottesville, Virginia 1819 1953 Public 2
Virginia Tech Hokies Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 2004 Public 3
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1834 1953 Private/Non-Sectarian 2

Coaches[edit]

Team Head Coach Years at School Overall Record Record at School ACC Record
Boston College Frank Spaziani 3 9–5 9–5 5–3
Clemson Dabo Swinney 3 13–8 13–8 9–4
Duke David Cutcliffe 3 53–44 9–15 4–12
Florida State Jimbo Fisher 1 1–0 1–0 0–0
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson 3 126–46 20–7 12–4
Maryland Ralph Friedgen 10 66–46 66–46 38–34
Miami Randy Shannon 4 21–17 21–17 11–13
North Carolina Butch Davis 4 71–38 20–18 11–13
NC State Tom O'Brien 4 91–66 16–21 9–15
Virginia Mike London 1 24–5 0–0 0–0
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer 24 229–115–4 187–92–2 38–10
Wake Forest Jim Grobe 9 92–84–1 59–51 31–41

ACC vs. BCS conference opponents[edit]

NOTE:. Games with a * next to the home team represent a neutral site game

Date Visitor Home Significance Winning Team
September 4 LSU North Carolina* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, GA LSU
September 11 Georgia Tech Kansas Kansas
September 11 Florida State Oklahoma Oklahoma
September 11 Miami Ohio State Ohio State
September 11 Virginia USC USC
September 16 Cincinnati NC State NC State
September 18 Alabama Duke Alabama
September 18 Maryland West Virginia West Virginia
September 18 Wake Forest Stanford Stanford
September 18 Clemson Auburn Auburn
September 23 Miami Pittsburgh Miami
September 25 North Carolina Rutgers North Carolina
October 2 Notre Dame Boston College Notre Dame
November 27 Florida Florida State Florida-Florida State rivalry Florida State
November 27 Georgia Tech Georgia Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Georgia
November 27 South Carolina Clemson Battle of the Palmetto State South Carolina
November 27 Wake Forest Vanderbilt Wake Forest
November 27 Boston College Syracuse Boston College
November 27 South Florida Miami South Florida

Bowl Games[edit]

Date ACC Team Opponent Bowl Location Winning Team
December 27, 2010 Georgia Tech Air Force AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA Air Force
December 28, 2010 NC State West Virginia Champs Sports Bowl Orlando, FL NC State
December 29, 2010 Maryland East Carolina Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman Washington, DC Maryland
December 30, 2010 North Carolina Tennessee Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Nashville, TN North Carolina
December 31, 2010 Clemson South Florida Meineke Car Care Bowl Charlotte, NC South Florida
December 31, 2010 Miami Notre Dame Hyundai Sun Bowl El Paso, TX Notre Dame
December 31, 2010 Florida State South Carolina Chick-fil-A Bowl Atlanta, GA Florida State
January 3, 2011 Virginia Tech Stanford Discover Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL Stanford
January 9, 2011 Boston College Nevada Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl San Francisco, CA Nevada