The ACC has pulled the trigger on a new master schedule for football in 2020
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed through on an expected schedule that is almost exclusively made up of in-conference games.
An 11-game season will kick off in the week of September 7 and will be played over 13 weeks with two bye weeks for each program. There will be no divisional structure this year. Instead the two best teams by conference winning percentage will qualify for the ACC Championship game to be played on December 12 or 19 in Charlotte.
Notre Dame will also play a 10-game in-conference schedule and will be eligible for the ACC Championship.
The ACC Board of Directors announced that if public health guidance allows, all seven ACC sponsored fall sports will begin competition during the week of September 7.
“As we look ahead to the fall, the safety of our students, staff and overall campus community continues to be our top priority,” said Kent Syverud, Chancellor of Syracuse University and the Chair of the ACC Board of Directors. “Today’s announcement outlines a specific path for ACC fall sports to return to intercollegiate athletic competition using comprehensive protocols put forward by our ACC Medical Advisory Group. As a league, we understand the need to stay flexible and be prepared to adjust as medical information evolves in conjunction with local and state health guidelines.”
“Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”
Here are other key points for ACC Football:
– 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
– All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame’s home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions
– 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.
Because the one non-conference game for each team has to be played in-state, we already know some of the games that will be canceled.
Old Dominion: September 4 vs. Wake Forest is cancelled. 10/24 against Virginia is still possible.
Virginia: will have to choose between VMI on 9/12 or ODU on 10/24. Their games against Georgia and UConn would be dropped.
Virginia Tech: would still very likely host Liberty for their opener on 9/5. Games scheduled for the next three weekends against Penn State, Middle Tennessee and North Alabama would be cancelled.
– Andy Hilton