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


Each ACC program will be in control of scheduling their one non-conference game.

The full ACC schedule will be released at a later date.

"It's exciting to know we are a step closer to being able to play", Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren told the N&O via email on Wednesday.

Before the league's announcement, United Kingdom was set to play eight games - four at home, four on the road - against SEC opponents.

The SEC presidents approved a September 26 kickoff date.

"Unfortunately, this is not very surprising but is disappointing as our players and fans look forward to games like these, " he said.

"The Board's decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition".

"As the first National Football League stadium to be accredited by GBAC STAR, we are setting a precedent for how large venues should approach cleaning in the wake of the pandemic", said Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium Vice Chairman and CEO Tom Garfinkel in a team press release at the time of certification.

Also in danger is Notre Dame's game against Navy.

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In the ACC scheduling model, the in-state rivalry with Georgia and Georgia Tech could be played, in theory. "And I'll say it was something that was given very strong consideration in our move to go to 11 games with one being a nonconference game".

For the second time this summer, the Big 12 Conference has cancelled its Virtual Football Media Day.

All 15 teams will be a part of the bowl process, and Notre Dame would be eligible for the ACC's slot in the Orange Bowl if it is not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinalist.

Fall camps open for some programs next week; even in the adjusted schedule, games are set to be played in 5-6 weeks. That could mean no visit to Raleigh from the Bulldogs.

The ACC is also going to a conference-only format with an option for schools to play one non-conference game. That game would be played in East Lansing.

When reached for comment on Thursday and asked if any penalties are on the horizon for N.C. State or its opponents, Fred Demarest, senior associate AD for communications said the school was "still sorting out a variety of factors in regards to the nonconference piece". Without sellout crowds filling stadiums, money will be at a premium this season, and sharing revenue with an outside team might make this a non-starter.

There will no longer be any divisions. With divisions eliminated, the game will feature the top two teams in the conference based on winning percentage. The regular season will run until December 5 and the conference championship game will be held in Charlotte, NC on either December 12 or 19, with the top two teams by conference record getting invitations. The Big Ten was the first Power 5 conference to switch to a conference-only model.

Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV covers college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central and the ACC for the Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.