Over the past few months, there have been plenty of discussions as to how the league will try to launch a fall sports season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the ACC Board of Directors announced that — if public health guidelines allow — all seven ACC-sponsored fall sports will begin competition in early September — during the week of Sept. 7-12. This includes football.
There are several takeaways for the 2020 football season. As expected, the league will go with its preferred 11-game model. This will include 10 conference games and one non-conference matchup for each team. For those non-conference games to take place, though, they must occur in the home state of the ACC football program.
This likely means the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, which take place in Atlanta and feature three ACC teams from outside the state of Georgia this year, are off the table.
A total of 13 weeks will encompass the 11-game schedule model — assuming good health; each team will have two open teams.
For this season, divisions are gone; there will be no “Coastal Chaos.” There will be only one division in the ACC and it will include Notre Dame. Just like every other ACC team, Notre Dame will play the 10-plus-one schedule. Brian Kelly’s club is eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game, too. (As of right now, the ACC Football Championship Game is set to take place Dec. 12 or 19.)
Furthermore, all television revenue for the 2020 season will be pooled and shared by all 15 ACC schools. This includes Notre Dame’s NBA broadcasts up in South Bend. Notre Dame is also eligible for the Orange Bowl or the College Football Playoff semi-final team.
ACC Football Outline: 2020 Season
- The season’s first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12
- The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conference and one non-conference)
- 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 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates
- There will be one division
- Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game
- All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame’s home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions
- The ACC Football Championship Game will be played on either December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage
- All 15 teams will continue to be part of the ACC’s bowl selection process; should Notre Dame win the ACC Football Championship Game they would be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team
- The 2020 ACC Football week-by-week schedule and television selections will be released in the future
2020 Schedule: ACC Football
The ACC announced who the 10 conference teams for each opponent are; however, the dates, times and television information will be released later in the future.