Report: ACC considering playing other ACC teams in non-conference games
Some teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference will consider fulfilling future nonconference obligations by playing other ACC teams, reports Andrea Adelson and Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com.
The league announced earlier this week that they will continue to play an eight-game conference schedule. According to the report, possible future ACC "nonconference" games could include Miami vs. Syracuse, Duke vs. NC State or Clemson vs. Virginia.
Starting in 2017, league members will be required to play at least one nonconference opponent from a power five league (Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC). The ACC will also accept games played against independent Notre Dame, because the Fighting Irish signed a contract to play five games each year against ACC opponents.
“Everything’s on the table,” Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said.
“I think all the coaches felt like playing each other more, if there was a model for that, we’d be open to it,” NC State coach Dave Doerin said. “They are going to allow us to use that plus-one game in the conference as a nonconference game so that will be interesting to see where it goes.
For example, North Carolina State and Duke have only played three times in the past 10 years, despite the campuses being located 35 miles apart. Because of the scheduling they will play once in the next 11 seasons.