RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State will need a strong start in 2010 considering the way it closes the upcoming football season.
The Atlantic Coast Conference released its composite schedule Thursday, and it has the Wolfpack closing with three of its final four games on the road. N.C. State travels to Clemson on Nov. 6, hosts Wake Forest on Nov. 13, then goes to rival North Carolina and Maryland to close the schedule.
The Wolfpack opens at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 4, and hosts defending Big East champion Cincinnati in a Thursday night game on Sept. 16. N.C. State also travels to two-time Conference USA champion East Carolina on Oct. 16 and hosts Florida State in another Thursday night game on Oct. 28.
2010 NC State Football Schedule
Sept. 4 WESTERN CAROLINA
Sept. 11 at Central Florida
Sept. 16 CINCINNATI (Thurs-ESPN) 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 2 VIRGINIA TECH
Oct. 9 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 16 at East Carolina
Oct. 28 FLORIDA ST. (Thurs- ESPN) 7:30
Nov. 6 at Clemson
Nov. 13 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 20 at North Carolina
Nov. 27 at Maryland