The ACC seems to be following in the Big Ten’s footsteps. According to a report from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy on Twitter, the ACC expects to play a conference-only schedule for the 2020 ACC football season.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, news broke that the Big Ten planned to have conference-only schedule for all fall sports, including football.
McMurphy also notes that if Notre Dame needs to round-out its schedule due to concerns with COVID-19, ACC commissioner John Swofford said the league will assist.
ACC football also expected to play conference-only games, sources told @Stadium. Last month, ACC commish John Swofford told @Stadium if Power 5 schools played conference-only schedules that ACC would assist Notre Dame with as many games as it needed
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 9, 2020
Notre Dame has 12 games on its schedule for 2020; however, plenty of that will be up in the air now, including an Oct. 3 matchup with Wisconsin that’s off the table now. Currently, six ACC teams are already on Notre Dame’s schedule for 2020: Wake Forest, Pitt, Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Louisville.
#ACC commissioner John Swofford has said that if league adopts an all-conference football schedule for 2020, Notre Dame likely will be in mix. Irish already have six ACC opponents on docket.
— David Teel (@ByDavidTeel) July 9, 2020
Update: Minutes after McMurphy’s tweet, Ed Hardin of the Greensboro News & Record chimed in, too. Hardin states that, as of right now, the ACC is still weighing its options for the 2020 season. According to Hardin, the conference-only schedule is a possibility for the league, but “everything is still on the table.”
At this time, the ACC is still considering all options. No announcement forthcoming.
— Ed Hardin (@Ed_Hardin) July 9, 2020