GREENSBORO — While the ACC is considering options regarding football amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has yet to follow the lead of the Big Ten in reverting to a conference-only schedule.
A league spokesperson today said that the ACC has been considering several scenarios and that no decisions have been made.
Earlier in the day, the ACC announced that no fall sports competition would be held before Sept. 1.
If the ACC does make a decision to play league-only games, football independent Notre Dame would become a bigger part of the scheduling mix, the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch's David Teel reports. Notre Dame plays six games annually against ACC teams.
Notre Dame's ACC opponents this season are Wake Forest at Charlotte on Sept. 26, at Pitt on Oct. 17, Duke on Oct. 31, Clemson on Nov. 7, at Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 and Louisville on Nov. 21.
A conference-only decision for the ACC would mean the loss of some teams' games against their biggest rivals. Clemson annually ends its season by playing the SEC's South Carolina, and they're scheduled to meet in Clemson on Nov. 28. Likewise, Florida State is scheduled to host Florida and Georgia Tech will visit Georgia in ACC-SEC matchups on the same day.
Among the ACC's other high-profile non-conference games this season are Florida State vs. West Virginia in Atlanta on Sept. 5; Virginia vs. Georgia in Atlanta on Sept. 7; and North Carolina vs. Auburn in Atlanta, Mississippi State at N.C. State and Penn State at Virginia Tech on Sept. 12.
The Big Ten decided this afternoon to limit all fall sports teams to league-only games.
"If the Conference is able to participate in fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports," the Big Ten's statement read. "Details for these sports will be released at a later date, while decisions on sports not listed above will continue to be evaluated. By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic."