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Who is Virginia Tech's Toughest ACC Home Opponent?

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Tuesday we asked about the Hokies' toughest non-conference opponent, which according to you guys is our Week 2 matchup with East Carolina. Since Virginia Tech's schedule always breaks down nicely into thirds - non-conference, ACC home and ACC road games - I figured we might as well continue this exercise since it's easy and I'm feeling really, really lazy.

While Tech's non-conference home schedule leaves a lot to be desired, season ticket holders couldn't be much happier with its slate of conference home games. Clemson, Miami, Boston College and North Carolina will all come calling and each one presents its own unique challenge to the Hokies.

Here's Tech's home ACC games:

Oct. 1 vs. Clemson

Relax: The Tigers will be coming off a pair of tough games against Auburn and Florida State and the trip to Blacksburg will be Tahj Boyd's first as a starter.

Worry: The Tigers should be able to run the ball behind an offensive line that features four seniors, which would take a lot of pressure off Boyd.

Oct. 8 vs. Miami

Relax: The Canes are still looking for consistent QB play and really struggled on the road in Randy Shannon's final seasons.

Worry: They, too, will be able to run the ball, have a ball-hawking secondary and will be able to pressure the quarterback.

Oct. 22 vs. Boston College

Relax: BC has to replace some very valuable members of both lines of scrimmage.

Worry: By the time this game rolls around Chase Rettig could be really good.

Nov. 17 vs. North Carolina

Relax: UNC has a ton of talent to replace at linebacker and the secondary could be a dumpster fire.

Worry: Bryn Renner looked good in the spring and their defensive line could be even better than last year's.

Clemson gets my vote in this category because the Tigers will be the first real test for Logan Thomas. He won't see a defense with the size and speed of Clemson's until that Oct. 1 date and that's when we'll really know what kind of QB we have on our hands.

Your turn: Who's our toughest ACC home opponent?