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Week Zero

Orange Bowl & The ACC:

One of the New Year's Six college bowl games, the Capital One Orange Bowl features the highest ranked non-playoff team from the ACC against the highest ranked available non-champion from among the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame in years when it doesn't host a semifinal. The Capital One Orange Bowl will host a College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2021 and 2024.

The Orange Bowl has been the "Home of the ACC Champion" since 2006. As part of the College Football Playoff system, the Orange Bowl and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) extended their relationship with a 12-year agreement that began in 2014 and concludes after the 2025 season, ensuring that the Orange Bowl continues to serve as the premier bowl game for ACC teams. Current ACC schools have made a total of 45 appearances in the Orange Bowl.

Last year marked the 85th edition of the Orange Bowl and was one of two College Football Playoff semifinal games with Alabama defeating Oklahoma to advance to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.

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ACC Network Launch:

ACC_NetworkThe Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) began a new era on August 22, 2019 with the launch of their new network. Owned and operated by ESPN, the ACC Network will be a 24/7 network airing 1,300 live events annually across its TV and digital platforms. The first live sport broadcast will be aired on August 29th as the No. 1 ranked and defending National Champion, Clemson Tigers host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. " "The strength of the season opening game between Georgia Tech and Clemson is indicative of the robust schedule and programming we have planned for ACC fans," said ESPN President and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, James Pitaro.

Important Dates:

• Nov. 5 - First Weekly CFP Rankings Released
• Dec. 6-7 - Conference Championship Games
• Dec. 8 - CFP Selection Show
• Dec. 30 - Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m. ET)

Week Zero Watch List:

Miami vs. No. 8 Florida // Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. ET

The 150th college football season will begin with an inner state rivalry match-up as the Hurricanes and Gators face off at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. Dan Mullen enters his second year as head coach for Florida. Manny Diaz begins his first year as Miami head coach. This will be the 56th meeting between teams with Miami leading the series 29-26.


Arizona @ Hawaii // Saturday, Aug. 24, 10:30 p.m. ET

This will mark the sixth meeting between the Wildcats and the Rainbow Warriors. Arizona has won all five of their previous match-ups dating back to 1951.

College Football 150th Anniversary:

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of college football, the 2019-20 season will begin with a “Week 0” which will feature two match-ups. The Miami Hurricanes will face off against No. 8 ranked and in-state rival Florida Gators at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL., followed by the Arizona @ Hawaii. This signature day sets the foundation for ESPN’s season-long College Football 150 endeavor, which will feature more than 1,000 games, more than 35 hours of original CFB150-centric programming across two documentaries, two weekly docuseries, an eight-part film, an ongoing digital series naming the best coaches, games, players and teams and much more. At the end of the season, the All-Time All-America Team will be recognized at the College Football Playoff National Championship (Monday, Jan. 13 on ESPN). Stay tuned to our Orange Bowl social media outlets for how we plan to celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football.

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Preseason AP Poll:
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1. Clemson
2. Alabama
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. LSU
7. Michigan
8. Florida
9. Notre Dame
10. Texas
11. Oregon
12. Texas A&M
13. Washington
14. Utah
15. Penn State
16. Auburn
17. UCF
18. Michigan State
19. Wisconsin
20. Iowa
21. Iowa State
22. Syracuse
23. Washington State
24. Nebraska
25. Stanford

 

Week One

Check back on 8/29 for the Week One edition of the Road to South Florida.