The Washington Times - February 13, 2009, 11:19AM

There’s plenty of ways to vet a schedule.

Here’s one most folks don’t think about.

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For major-college conferences with a league title game, there is only one bye week next season. As a result, it is theoretically helpful to avoid playing a team coming off its bye week, since there’s extra time to prepare and get rested.

(Figuring out whether this is true or not is a project for the summer).

So how does this impact the ACC? Let’s take a look (*-Thursday night game):

SchoolByePost-bye foe
Boston College
Oct. 31
at Virginia
ClemsonOct. 10
Wake Forest
DukeOct. 17
Maryland
Florida State
Oct. 17
at North Carolina*
Georgia Tech
Nov. 21
Georgia
MarylandOct. 31
at N.C. State
MiamiSept. 12
Georgia Tech*
North Carolina
Oct. 17
Florida State*
N.C. State
Oct. 24
at Florida State
VirginiaSept. 26
at North Carolina
Virginia Tech
Oct. 24
North Carolina*
Wake Forest
Nov. 21
at Duke

So North Carolina is a post-bye opponent three times, although they share a bye with Florida State heading into their Thursday night game. So not a big deal on that one.

Locally, Maryland and Virginia pop up once, which is about what you’d expect with the vagaries of the schedule.

Teams that aren’t a post-bye opponent in the conference schedule include Boston College, Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Is it much of an advantage? Who knows. But it is something quirky for a February morning.

Patrick Stevens