ACC football schedule: Format won’t be decided until later this week, at the earliest

The incredibly fluid and risky situation of getting a college football season off the ground in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to see its goalposts moved.

According to Stadium college football insider Brett McMurphy, presidents of ACC schools won’t make a decision this week — Wednesday, July 29 — regarding scheduling format for the 2020 season.

McMurphy notes that this decision could come later this week, or as late as Aug. 4 (next Tuesday), which would line up with the next NCAA Board of Governors meeting.

Late last week, reports surfaced that the ACC was in favor of an 11-game schedule for the 2020 season; this model included 10 league games and one non-conference matchup. In this scenario, Notre Dame would be included as a league member for football, and its games would count towards league standings.

Several smaller conferences, like Patriot League and Ivy League, have already canceled fall sports. However, Power Five leagues continue to ramp up — somehow. Three weeks ago, the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced their decisions to move to a conference-only schedule for 2020.

The Big 12 still aspires to play 12 games per team this fall; there are no plans, currently, to start the season later, either. Oklahoma, the league’s premier program, has actually moved its 2020 season opener up one week. The Sooners will now host Missouri State on Aug. 29, as opposed to Sept. 5.

The SEC is expected to make a decision by the end of July regarding its 2020 scheduling format. However, if the ACC goes until August to make a decision, so, too, could the SEC.

NC State football plans to open its fall camp Aug. 3, the day before the board of governors meeting.


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