ACC Football adopts 3-3-5 schedule model

ACC Football will look different from a scheduling standpoint — starting in 2023.

As was discussed back in May at the ACC’s spring meeting, the league will formally eliminate division for football and adopt a 3-3-5 scheduling model.

Essentially, all 14 teams will play in one division. Each program will play three primary opponents every season, while playing the other 10 teams twice during a four-year cycle.

Unsurprisingly, the primary opponents fall heavily along rivalry lines. NC State’s primary opponents consist of North Carolina, Duke and Clemson. UNC’s primaries are NC State, Duke and Virginia. All three of Duke’s primary foes are North Carolina-based programs: UNC, NC State and Wake Forest.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest’s primary opponents are Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

Florida State gets a rather tough group of primary opponents: Clemson (the ACC’s kingpin), Miami (flushed with cash and a shiny, new coach) and, well, also Syracuse.

Once again, this new schedule will kick in for the 2023 season. Here’s a taste at what that will look like in 2023.

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