CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College and the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the revised 2020 football schedule on Wednesday. The Eagles play six home games at Alumni Stadium in year one of the Jeff Hafley era at the Heights.
The capacity at Alumni Stadium will be reduced in 2020, and the season opener against Ohio on Sept. 12 will be held without fans as a result of COVID-19. If tickets are sold in 2020, they will only be done so pending approval by state and local officials on an individual game basis. More information regarding tickets will be announced in the coming days.
BC returns nine starters on defense, five starters on offense, including four of five All-ACC selections on the offensive line from a season ago. In addition, the Eagles return their starting kicker, punter, and long snapper on special teams from 2019.
Boston College opens the 2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 12 as Ohio visits Chestnut Hill for the second time in school history. The lone other meeting between the two schools was a 23-14 Ohio victory at BC in 1966.
Following the lone non-conference game of the season, BC plays its remaining 10 games against conference foes. It marks the first 10-game ACC schedule in league history.
The Eagles open ACC action at Duke on Saturday, Sept. 19. It marks the first game against the Blue Devils since 2015 in a series that began in 1927. BC leads the series 4-3.
Following the first of two open weeks on the 2020 schedule, North Carolina visits Alumni Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 3. It marks just the fifth ACC game between the two schools and the first since 2013. All-time, BC is 2-5 against the Tar Heels, including an 0-4 mark as conference members. The last win for BC against UNC was a 37-24 victory in the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte.
Another old familiar foe is on the 2020 schedule as Pitt and BC meet for the second straight season. This year’s game on Saturday, Oct. 10 marks the 32nd time in series history the two Eastern rivals have squared off. Boston College ended the 2019 regular season with a 26-19 victory at Heinz Field over the Panthers. It will be the first time since 2014 BC has hosted Pitt in Chestnut Hill.
Following the two-game homestand, the Eagles head to Lane Stadium for a tilt against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Saturday, Oct. 17. Last season, BC defeated the Hokies 35-28 to open the 2019 season. Overall, BC has won two straight against Virginia Tech. The Hokies lead the all-time series 18-10.
Georgia Tech visits Alumni Stadium for the first time since 2008 on Saturday, Oct. 24. The two teams have played just four times in conference play since BC joined the ACC in 2005. All-time, the Yellow Jackets hold a 7-2 series advantage.
BC visits defending ACC champion Clemson for the second straight season to round out the month on Oct. 31. In a series that began in 1940, Boston College and Clemson meet for the 30th time with Clemson leading the series 18-9-2. For the 13th time, Boston College and Clemson will play for the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy after the BC Gridiron Club established the award in 2008.
The two-game road swing continues the following week with a trip to Central New York to face Syracuse. The Eagles rolled to a 58-27 win at Syracuse last season. In the win at the Carrier Dome in 2019, BC finished with a school-record 691 yards of total offense, and the 58 points scored were the most in an ACC game for BC. All-time, Syracuse leads the series 32-21.
Old rivals meet for the first time as conference opponents on Saturday, Nov. 14 as the Eagles host Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 16-9 as the two teams square off for the first time since Notre Dame joined the ACC for the 2020 season. BC looks for its first win against Notre Dame since a 17-0 victory in 2008 at Alumni Stadium.
After an open week, BC closes out the 2020 home schedule on Friday, Nov. 27 against Louisville. BC has won two of the previous three games against the Cardinals, including a 38-20 win at home in 2018. BC is 5-7 in series history against Louisville.
BC closes out the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Virginia. The Eagles are 6-0 all-time against UVA, including a 41-10 victory in Charlottesville in 2017.
Kickoff times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
2020 Boston College Football Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 12 Ohio
Saturday, Sept. 19 at Duke*
Saturday, Sept. 26 BYE
Saturday, Oct. 3 North Carolina*
Saturday, Oct. 10 Pitt*
Saturday, Oct. 17 at Virginia Tech*
Saturday, Oct. 24 Georgia Tech*
Saturday, Oct. 31 at Clemson*
Saturday, Nov. 7 at Syracuse*
Saturday, Nov. 14 Notre Dame*
Saturday, Nov. 21 BYE
Friday, Nov. 27 Louisville*
Saturday, Dec. 5 at Virginia*
*Denotes ACC game
Home games at Alumni Stadium in bold