SEC goes to conference-only schedule, starting September 26

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With a 10-team league, the Big 12 would only play a nine-game season under a conference-only format. Each ACC member is scheduled to play 11 games in 2020 - 10 conference games and one non-conference contest.

ACC rules stipulate that all non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC. The Big 10 Conference has announced they will play a conference-only schedule, which cancels the Mountaineers' home game on September 19 against Maryland.

"The conference could either add a fourth cross-division game to each team's schedule or tear up the current slate and start over, favoring geography", Greenstein writes.

Now, a ruling against holding championships in the fall would not directly affect the Football Bowl Subdivision: Conferences could still decide to play games, and the College Football Playoff and bowl system are not operated by the NCAA, but it would make it incredibly hard optically.

The good news for Wolfpack fans is that path to a higher winning percentage will be a lot easier without Clemson and Notre Dame on the schedule.

Although game dates have not been announced, the ten ACC opponents for Notre Dame in 2020 have been.

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"We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future, " ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement.

The marquee road game on the schedule is a trip to No. 22 North Carolina - an up-and-coming program under second-year coach Mack Brown.

On July 17, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) suspended all fall sports, which means the Blue Hens won't play any football games in 2020. The season will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates. That would keep rivalries Florida-Florida State, South Carolina-Clemson, Georgia-Georgia Tech and Kentucky-Louisville alive if the season if able to play out.

"Today's decision provides a path forward, if safe and responsible circumstances permit, for Fall sport to occur", Corrigan said on Wednesday afternoon. "We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise". That game can be against anyone but has to take place in the home state of the ACC school.

Obviously, there has to be a season for any of this to matter - or a season that makes it to late November when these rivalry games are normally played.

Either way, what the SEC decides to do with its non-conference schedule will have direct impact on the ACC's outlook for the 2020 season. It will be one conference with 15 teams, including Notre Dame.

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