Today the ACC became the first conference to announce their full scheduling plan. ACC football will begin September 7th-12th. Instead of 12 games, they’ll go with an 11 game schedule that features 10 conference games and one non-conference game. With the college football season in limbo right now due to Covid-19, it was good to see a conference come with a full plan.
One interesting development with the ACC’s announcement was the inclusion of Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are in the ACC in all sports except football and hockey. They already had an agreement with the ACC to play 5-6 games against the league yearly but they’ll be a full time member this season. Notre Dame will also be eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game.
Hopefully we see more conferences across the country follow in the ACC’s footsteps. Only the Big Ten and the Pac-12 have announced schedule changes, stating that they would only play conference games in 2020. We still don’t know what their full plan is though but they should be announcing soon. The Big 12 and the SEC have yet to announce anything but it’s rumored that the Big 12 favors a full 12 game schedule. Tomorrow the SEC presidents will be meeting to discuss a 10-game conference only schedule that the AD’s agreed to. On Monday the Big 12 will be presenting 4-5 scheduling options to the presidents. Both conferences could be in play soon.
Teams will have a tougher road to the playoff with conference only schedules. Most schools schedule multiple “tune-up” games in their non-conference to gear up for conference play. The 2020 season is still in jeopardy but this could be a great year if the season goes on.