ACC Football Schedule Back To 8 Games, Basketball Schedule Remains 18 Games

Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Remember when the ACC was going to move to a 9-game football schedule as soon as the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers got there? Yeah, well you can forget that, Sonny Jim. Because of the impending kinda-arrival of Notre Dame, the league will keep it's 8-game conference schedule.

A new week, a new ACC football scheduling scheme.

Remember when the ACC was going to move to a 9-game football schedule as soon as the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers got there? Yeah, well you can forget that, Sonny Jim.

Because of the impending kinda-arrival of Notre Dame, the league will keep it's 8-game conference schedule.

"The addition of Notre Dame gives us an opportunity to reinforce a number of conference rivalries in basketball and Olympic sports while also giving our schools greater flexibility in nonconference football scheduling," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "With Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame joining us, it is an exciting time in our league and our schools have made decisions that position us extremely well for the future."

No specifics but there are a few things we know for Syracuse.

  • We will play Florida State, Maryland, Boston College, Clemson, N.C. State and Wake Forest every season.
  • In 2013, we already have Penn State (MetLife) and Northwestern (away) (Ed. Note - and Tulane) on the docket, meaning we now have two spaces to fill, preferably in the Dome. One of them will certainly be an FCS, hopefully the other will be a lowly MAC squad or something akin one space to fill. Let's make it a FCS, please.
  • We can assume that we'll play two members of the Coastal Division each season on a rotating basis. Please let one of those teams be Duke and Maryland next year...
  • Since Pitt is a primary crossover partner, we'll also play them every year, which means we'll likely see one other Coastal Division team per season. Please let it be Duke.

As for the basketball side, the league is sticking with it's 18-game format. The ACC basketball tournaments will include all schools and the top four seeds receiving byes into the quarterfinal round. So, roughly what the Big East Tournament is now.

Also, when it comes to the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the 12 ACC teams with the highest RPI from the previous season will represent the conference. So you can pretty much lock the Orange in for that every season (not that you were concerned).

There's also updates about the ACC baseball championship, whatever the hell that is.

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