All ACC-member schools will face league opponents nearly exclusively in the 2020 football season due to COVID-19.
"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. Yet I can only anticipate what some of the blowback might be about United Kingdom not playing Louisville. Hopefully, they see the light so fans get as many entertaining games as possible (safely, of course).
"The Board's decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. We will announce any decisions at the appropriate time", Sankey said.
Also in danger is Notre Dame's game against Navy. That game can be against anyone but has to take place in the home state of the ACC school. For Kentucky, the SEC's decision results in the loss of four previously-scheduled games against non-conference opponents, including its annual tilt against in-state rival Louisville.
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While UM President Julio Frenk has repeatedly announced his anticipation that Hurricanes football will take place without fans in 2020, the program's home stadium may be a safer place to welcome spectators than nearly any other stadium in the country.
Florida State was scheduled to come to Boise on September 19 for a Week 3 matchup in Albertsons Stadium.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that the SEC may play a 10-game conference schedule only. It would mean that each team will only play nine games. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were originally scheduled to play the 94th consecutive meeting of their rivalry in Dublin, Ireland.
There will no longer be any divisions. What if Notre Dame and Clemson split the regular-season matchup and a conference championship game?
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The "most likely" format would be to kick off on Labor Day weekend (Saturday, Sept. 5) and play 10 games over 14 or 15 weeks through December, which would provide some flexibility if games need to be postponed and rescheduled for COVID-19 issues.
All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame's home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions. It seems the scheduling gods blessed N.C. State in that regard.
The ACC scheduling rules would eliminate all three Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game matchups scheduled to be played in Atlanta: Florida State-West Virginia on Sept. 5, Virginia-Georgia on Sept. 7 and North Carolina-Auburn on Sept. 12.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they were moving to a conference only model for the upcoming season early in the process.
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Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV covers college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central and the ACC for the Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.