ACC to require game against power conference team beginning in 2017
The Atlantic Coast Conference will require each of its members to play eight conference games plus a game against a school from one of the five power conferences beginning in 2017, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today.
The ACC had been considering adding a ninth conference game to its members' schedules but decided instead to adopt the "8+1" schedule that the SEC has recently endorsed as well.
The move is intended to increase the strength of schedule of the member teams as college football heads into the playoff era. Teams can schedule any member of the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, or Pac-12 for their "+1" game. The league will also accept games played against independent Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish signed a contract to play five games each year against ACC opponents.
ACC commissioner Jack Swofford said the conference would consider allowing BYU, Army, and Navy to be considered as scheduling candidates as well.
BREAKING: ACC remaining at 8 game schedule, but must play another power league game starting in 2017, per John Swofford
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 12, 2014
Asked Swofford about whether BYU would count. He said that didn’t come up, but they’d be discussed along w/ Army and Navy. — Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 12, 2014