Report: ACC to Move to Conference-Only Football Schedule This Fall

Mike McDaniel

Following reports that the Big Ten will move to a conference-only football schedule this fall, the ACC will reportedly do the same.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that the ACC will also be moving to cancel all non-conference football games scheduled for the fall.

As McMurphy reports, Notre Dame would receive assistance from the ACC in adding a couple of games to its schedule. The Irish already play six conference opponents as part of their agreement with the ACC, and would need two more games on the schedule if the rest of the FBS moves to conference-only football this fall.

As for Virginia Tech, this means that the Hokies' games against Liberty, Middle Tennessee State, and North Alabama in the month of September will not be played. The Penn State game was already canceled by virtue of the Big Ten's announcement earlier in the day on Thursday.

Assuming the college football season is played (which seems to be less-and-less likely at this point), Virginia Tech's first game will be played on Saturday, October 3rd against Georgia Tech in Blacksburg.

The ACC's pending announcement allows decision makers to postpone the start of the season by at least one month, to ensure that a safe and adequate plan is in place for student-athletes when they take the field. 

It will be interesting to see what happens next, as the college sports world continues to be rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The safety of student-athletes remains at the forefront of return to play discussions, but it's anyone's guess as to what actually happens when sports are slated to return this fall.

Comments (3)
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Stone1
Stone1

I feel that football should not be going on until the cornavirus is stable. Lives matter.

Mike McDaniel
Mike McDaniel

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I tend to agree with this - although this year it's going to be whatever works best logistically. In-state rivalries seem like they make the most sense to keep because of less-travel, but I get what the leagues are trying to do "in general" with conference-only match-ups.

Bostonfan1967
Bostonfan1967

It is absurd to get rid of in state rivalries. There is absolutely no logic to it.


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