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ACC unveils football plan, scheduling model for fall


Adam Smith   | Times-News

Atlantic Coast Conference football is on and Notre Dame is in.

For now, at least.

The league announced Wednesday afternoon its intent to play football this fall, with a modified schedule due to coronavirus concerns that contains 10 league games and one non-conference game for each team that’s yet to be determined, including Notre Dame, which will be eligible for the ACC championship game for the first time.

The league will use a single-division format, scrapping the Atlantic and Coastal divisional structure it has used for years.

The first games of the season will take place Sept. 7-12 and the 11 games will be played across at least 13 weeks, with each team having two open dates.

“The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”

The four in-state ACC schools all will meet each other this fall, if the season is able to be conducted. Here’s a look at the modified league schedule for each in-state team:

Duke: Home games against Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Road games against Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia.

North Carolina: Home games against N.C. State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Road games at Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Miami and Virginia.

N.C. State: Home games against Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest. Road games against North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Wake Forest: Home games against Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Road games against Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Louisville and Syracuse.

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