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ACC moving to eliminate divisions in future college football schedules

The ACC is considering getting rid of divisions in its future college football schedules, according to a report from 247Sports.

The conference is contemplating a major change to its schedule going forward, adding three permanent rivals for each team and five rotating opponents.

Miami AD Dan Radakovich revealed the conference's plans at this year's ACC spring meetings, though the league is not expected to vote on a proposal yet.

"We're much nearer to the end than the beginning," Radakovich said.

ACC bosses are expected to meet with current TV partner ESPN to discuss further options, with the conference planning to implement the new rotation in time for the 2023 college football season.

There is also talk that the schedule could be modified to two permanent rivals and six rotating teams, but either option would mean divisions will be eliminated.

  • Increasing frequency of matchups
  • More parity among ACC teams
  • More consideration for College Football Playoff
  • Giving players more opponents in their career
  • Playing more intriguing games in larger TV markets

By getting rid of divisions, the ACC Championship Game would involve the two teams with the best records in conference games.

A potential model going forward would be similar to how the ACC played during the 2020 season in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The league abandoned divisions and each team played a 10-game conference schedule. The ACC sent two teams to the College Football Playoff that year: Clemson and one-year member Notre Dame.

(h/t 247Sports)


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