ACC announces 11-game football schedule, WVU-Florida State off

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The ACC voted on Wednesday to allow its members to play one non-conference game within its home state, but the SEC's subsequent move means ACC-SEC rivalries such as the Palmetto Bowl, Louisville-Kentucky, Florida-Florida State and Georgia-Georgia Tech are off this campaign.

Notre Dame began playing a rotation of ACC schools every season in 2014 - and the Irish are 22-9 in those games. The league is likely to front-load the schedule with division games, according to the report, and it could tear up previously-scheduled crossover matchups in favor of more geographically-friendly pairings.

The ACC is also doing away with the division format for 2020, with the top two teams advancing to the conference championship game.

Now, a ruling against holding championships in the fall would not directly affect the Football Bowl Subdivision: Conferences could still decide to play games, and the College Football Playoff and bowl system are not operated by the NCAA, but it would make it incredibly hard optically.

While some leagues, like the Ivy League, MEAC, and CAA, have suspended fall sports completely, the Power 5 conferences have stayed on course as they tried to come up with a solution to get on the field in 2020.

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I'm grateful the ACC and Notre Dame have a plan for football and am hopeful that it will eventually work out, but I'd be lying if I said I have much confidence it'll get started the week of September 7 as now planned.

The ACC will release the full schedule at a later date, but it is believed the additional league games will be scheduled on a regional basis to limit long-distance travel.

"Today's decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference", said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. The season will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates. Added to the road slate are trips to Boston College and North Carolina. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. For now, though, conferences are working on plans to play what would be a most unusual season. However, we are disappointed we will lose the opportunity to host Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina and their fans in our scheduled Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games this season.

ESPN's Heather Dinich reported Wednesday evening that Notre Dame was still evaluating its nonconference opponents, Navy and Arkansas and would make an announcement "in the near future".

N.C. State had four nonconference games on its original schedule. The SEC's move could force the Big 12's hand. The school's games broadcast on NBC under their national broadcast deal will be included in the conference's agreement that all 15 schools will split media revenues.

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