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ACC to require game against power conference team beginning in 2017

The ACC has 13 full time members. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) The ACC has 13 full members. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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.

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ACC commissioner Jack Swofford said the conference would consider allowing BYU, Army, and Navy to be considered as scheduling candidates as well.

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