The ACC got a jump on the fall on Thursday morning, January 28, as they released the schedule for the 2021 football season. Mark Packer and Wes Durham announced the full slate on their ACC Network morning show, Packer and Durham.
Virginia finished 5-5 in the coronavirus impacted 2020 season, going 4-5 in the ACC with a loss at Virginia Tech to end the season. The Hoos opted out of a bowl game, instead allowing coaches and players to escape the strictness of day-in and day-out quarantine procedures as everyone got to go home for the holidays.
This season, Virginia will face three teams included in ESPN’s “Way Too Early Top 25”: No. 7 North Carolina, No. 15 Notre Dame, and No. 25 Miami. Virginia will open the season on September 4 against William and Mary and then host Illinois on September 11. ACC play kicks off on September 18 against the Tar Heels, with the Hoos’ final non-conference game coming against BYU in Provo on October 30.
Virginia has its third straight game at Miami, but get Duke at home for the third straight season. This is a quirk as a result of 2020’s pandemic scheduling. The Hoos will have their week off on November 6, giving them two weeks to prepare to host Notre Dame.
The ACC has gone back to its normal divisions after scrapping them for 2020, with the winners of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions squaring off in the ACC Championship game. Virginia faces Wake Forest — as well as their usual crossover Louisville — from the Atlantic this season.
Here’s Virginia’s full schedule:
September 4 - vs. William & Mary
September 11 - vs. Illinois
September 18 - @ North Carolina
September 24 (Friday) - vs. Wake Forest
September 30 (Thursday) - @ Miami
October 9 - @ Louisville
October 16 - vs. Duke
October 23 - vs. Georgia Tech
October 30 - @ BYU
November 6 - BYE
November 13 - vs. Notre Dame
November 20 - @ Pittsburgh
November 27 - vs. Virginia Tech