Florida State, Miami and UCF saw their upcoming football seasons altered after the ACC unveiled a new 11-game schedule Wednesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the new plan, ACC schools will play 10 conference games with the addition of one nonconference game determined at a later day. 1/4 u00b7The 11 games will be played during a span of at least 13 weeks, with each team having two open dates and the season beginning no earlier than the week of Sept. 7-12.
There will be no division play this season.
FSU and new coach Mike Norvell will play home games against Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia, with road contests against Duke, Louisville, Miami, NC State and Notre Dame.
Miami will host FSU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia, with road games against Clemson, Louisville, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
For the first time in school history, Notre Dame will play its football schedule under the ACC umbrella. The Irish, who have fiercely maintained independence in football, will play a 10-game ACC schedule along with a nonconference matchup. The program will also be eligible to play in the ACC Championship Game.
Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger is reporting the SEC is moving closer to a conference-only 10 game schedules, with athletics directors already agreeing to the plan and with it moving on to presidents for review Thursday.
If that happens, it will cancel Florida’s annual rivalry game against Florida State.
But it could help UCF.
The Knights were set to play North Carolina at home to kick off the season and play at Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels were expected to choose the SEC’s Auburn and the Yellow Jackets were expected to pick Georgia as their sole nonconference opponents.
With those options off the table, UCF could be the next most attractive matchup. The Knights would still lose a marquee home game, with new ACC football rules announced Wednesday requiring the Knights’ home opener against the Tar Heels to be played in North Carolina.
Schools will select their nonconference opponents for this upcoming season with the warning that those games be played in the home state of the ACC institution. Those teams must also agree to meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC.
Week-by-week schedules and television selections will be released at a later date.
This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates. Email Matt Murschel at email@example.com.
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