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ACC announces 2020 Football Schedule Model

Fall Olympic sports schedule proposal also announced

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 North Carolina at NC State Photo by John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The ACC announced their 2020 Football Schedule Model. It’s quite the looker...

The schedule will be played over 13 weeks, with each team being given two bye weeks, and will consist of each team playing ten conference games plus one non-conference tilt. Notre Dame will also be playing a ten-game ACC slate, so that’s kinda different. Welcome to the league, Fighting Irish...?

Here’s the full rundown of items:

The season’s first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12

The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conference and one non-conference)

All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC

The 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates

There will be one division

Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game

All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame’s home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions

The ACC Football Championship Game will be played on either December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage

All 15 teams will continue to be part of the ACC’s bowl selection process; should Notre Dame win the ACC Football Championship Game they would be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team

The 2020 ACC Football week-by-week schedule and television selections will be released in the future

For NC State, the slate features...

  • Home Games: Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest
  • Away Games: UNC, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech

The non-conference game is listed as a “TBA”. It will be interesting to see if the conference tries to do an alignment with the SEC for the non-conference games given that several teams already have rivalry games with their in-state SEC counterparts (plus State has an already-schedule game with Mississippi State), or if they’ll allow the schools the flexibility to schedule on their own.

Scheduling plans for fall Olympic sports were also announced:

Fall Olympic Sports competition may begin on Thursday, Sept. 10

Team sports will play a conference schedule that meets the NCAA minimum amount of games: field hockey (6), women’s soccer (6), men’s soccer (6) and volleyball (10)

Schools will continue to schedule regular season cross country competitions at their discretion

Any additional games against conference opponents or non-conference opponents are at the respective school’s discretion and all opponents must meet the ACC’s medical standards

Any additional games against conference opponents that are beyond the conference-mandated schedules would not count in the ACC standings

The schedule for ACC Fall Championships

The cross country championships will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on October 30, and include all fifteen member schools

The field hockey championship will be held at Duke University on November 5, 6 and 8

The women’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on November 6 and 8, as previously announced

The men’s soccer championship will include the top four teams and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on November 13 and 15

Television selections via the ACC’s partnership with ESPN and ACC Network will be made in the future

As you’d guess, there appears to be a lot less thought put into the Olympic sports model by the ACC, other than to say any additional games/matches scheduled against fellow ACC schools will not count in the ACC standings.