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8:42 pm, July 29, 2020

ACC announces 2020 season schedule plan

The ACC announced on Wednesday, July 29, its updated schedule plans for the 2020 football season.

The season will be made up of 11 games (10 conference and one nonconference), with the first week of games Sept. 7-12, and continue over a 13-week period. Nonconference opponents, which are to be selected by each school, must be played in the home state of the ACC school.

Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and will be eligible for the ACC title game.

The weekly ACC schedule, including television information, will be announced later. Matchups have been revealed here and can be found below:

  • Boston College
    • Home: Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt
    • Away: Clemson, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech
  • Clemson
    • Home: Boston College, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia
    • Away: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • Duke
    • Home: Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
    • Away: Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia
  • Florida State
    • Home: Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia
    • Away: Duke, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Notre Dame
  • Georgia Tech
    • Home: Duke, Clemson, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt
    • Away: Boston College, Florida State, Miami, NC State, Syracuse
  • Louisville
    • Home: Florida State, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
    • Away: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia
  • Miami
    • Home: Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia
    • Away: Clemson, Louisville, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • North Carolina
    • Home: NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
    • Away: Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Miami, Virginia
  • NC State
    • Home: Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest
    • Away: North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech
  • Notre Dame
    • Home: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse
    • Away: Boston College, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pitt, Wake Forest
  • Pitt
    • Home: Louisville, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia Tech
    • Away: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami
  • Syracuse
    • Home: Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest
    • Away: Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt
  • Virginia
    • Home: Boston College, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State
    • Away: Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
  • Virginia Tech
    • Home: Boston College, Clemson, Miami, NC State, Virginia
    • Away: Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Pitt, Wake Forest
  • Wake Forest
    • Home: Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech
    • Away: Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse

 

9:05 pm, July 29, 2020

ACC Championship Game details revealed; Notre Dame eligible

The ACC Championship Game will be played on either December 12 or 19, the conference announced Wednesday, July 29. The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Notre Dame will also be eligible for the ACC title game, as it will also play a 10-game conference schedule. The title game will feature the top two teams based upon conference-game winning percentage.

All 15 teams will remain part of the ACC's bowl selection process. If Notre Dame wins the ACC title, the Irish would be eligible for the Orange Bowl if not selected for the College Football Playoff.

 

7:04 pm, July 29, 2020

Here's what you need to know Wednesday afternoon

While the NCAA fall sports scheduling news has slowed on Wednesday, compared to the numerous updates on both Monday and Tuesday, here's a quick round-up of conference announcements from earlier in the week and month, which are worth noting.

Yesterday, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) postponed fall sports, while the Midwest Conference (DIII) suspended league competition until Dec. 31 on Monday. Earlier in July, the Centennial Conference (DIII) suspended fall sports, Commonwealth Coast Conference (DIII) suspended fall athletic competition, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (DIII) canceled its fall conference schedule while conference schools can determine which games can be played, Empire 8 (DIII) postponed all fall sports, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) suspended the fall athletic season, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced fall sports will be "predominantly conference play" with games beginning on Sept. 19, the NEWMAC (DIII) suspended fall competition, the NESCAC (DIII) canceled fall sports, the Northwest Conference (DIII) postponed fall competition, Old Dominion Athletic Conference (DIII) postponed competition and championships for fall and winter sports through Dec. 31, 2020, and the Southern Athletic Association suspended all fall competition.

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (DIII) previously announced schedule modifications in mid-July.

12:27 pm, July 29, 2020

Here's what's happening Wednesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Wednesday, July 29:

7:21 pm, July 28, 2020

New Jersey Athletic Conference (DIII) suspends fall competition and championships

The New Jersey Athletic Conference (DIII) announced Tuesday that its Presidents Council has suspended all fall sports competition and championships.

"The NJAC will pursue every avenue within the NCAA governance structure to explore the provision of a competitive season for the fall sport student-athletes during the spring 2021 semester and allow them to engage in practice and training opportunities during the fall 2020 semester," according to the news release.

5:24 pm, July 28, 2020

USA South Athletic Conference (DIII) postpones fall sports

On Tuesday, the USA South Athletic Conference (DIII) its university Presidents voted unanimously to postpone all fall sport competition until the Spring 2021 semester.

"It is the intention of the USA South to formulate plans to play as many contests as feasible for the sports mentioned above within the spring semester and conduct championship competition," the news release said.

4:25 pm, July 28, 2020

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (DII) delays fall competition

On Tuesday, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (DII) announced its Board of Directors "unanimously supported" a delay to the start of fall competition.

Football practice will start Wednesday, Sept. 2, with the first games scheduled for Sept. 26. Updated schedules will be posted here.

3:00 pm, July 28, 2020

Little East Conference (DIII) suspends fall competition and championships

The Little East Conference (DIII) announced Tuesday that it has suspended fall competition and championships.

"Each LEC member institution may seek to participate in intercollegiate competition and on-campus training activities if it chooses to do so during the Fall 2020 semester, in accordance with current health and safety guidelines and NCAA Division III rules," according to the news release.

2:56 pm, July 28, 2020

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIII)

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) announced Tuesday that it has canceled its football fall athletic competitions and championship.

"Institutions will retain the autonomy to establish practice opportunities within the limitations stipulated by the NCAA throughout the 2020-21 academic year," according to a news release.

2:55 pm, July 28, 2020

American Rivers Conference (DIII) announces conference-only schedules

On Tuesday morning, the American Rivers Conference (DIII) announced it will hold conference-only schedules in fall sports, but that non-conference competition is allowed at the discretion of its member schools.

"Any changes in conference-tournament format will be announced with the revised sports schedules," the news release stated.

2:54 pm, July 28, 2020

Here's what's happening Tuesday morning

Good morning. We're tracking official sources to follow the latest in coronavirus-related college sports news. Here's what you need to know this morning, Tuesday, July 28:

We'll have you covered for all of the news that happens Tuesday. In the meantime,

  • The NCAA Sport Science Institute released its third installment of return-to-sport recommendations earlier in July. Some of the main takeaways are daily health checks, the appropriate use of face coverings and social distancing, testing and results within 72 hours of competition in high-risk sports, and member schools adhering to the public health standards set by their local communities.
3:52 pm, July 24, 2020

SWAC postpones fall season

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has postponed the football season, according to a league release on July 20.

The SWAC, which is part of the FCS, has begun planning on putting together a schedule for fall sports to compete during the 2021 spring semester. For football, teams could play a seven-game schedule that begins with an eight-week training period in January 2021. Teams will play six conference game (four divisional, two non-divisional), with the option of having one non-conference game.

"The continued increase of COVID-19 cases across many portions of the league’s geographic footprint and Southern regions of the country played a significant role in the council’s decision, along with data that suggests African-American communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement said.

"The SWAC shares in the disappointment that will undoubtedly be felt by student-athletes, fans, and supporters impacted by the postponement of fall sports competition. The league will continue to review appropriate measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and the local community which continues to be the primary responsibility of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and its member institutions."

3:43 pm, July 24, 2020

CAA suspends conference competition in 2020

The Colonial Athletic Association announced on July 17 that fall conference competition has been suspended.

According to the statement, the CAA, which is in the FCS, is exploring possibly holding a football season in spring 2021.

The CAA also said member institutions can look into pursuing the option of playing independently this fall.

"In expressing an understanding of the uniqueness of the Conference’s composition (12 institutions that compete in other sports in four Division I Conferences), the geographical expansion of the Conference membership and the complexity of an ever-changing situation, the Conference’s Board of Directors also affirmed that the Conference’s policies would permit member institutions the ability to explore the option of pursuing playing an independent football schedule in the Fall of 2020," the statement said.

3:59 pm, July 24, 2020

MEAC suspends football season

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has suspended all fall sports, per a July 16 announcement.

The conference has not made a decision on if fall sports will be moved to the spring semester.

"The Council of Presidents and Chancellors took this action out of a concern for the safety as well as the physical and mental health of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support staff, faculty and fans," The MEAC state in the statement. "The rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases along the eastern seaboard heavily influenced the council’s decision as the data suggests that the African American and other minority communities are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The MEAC is committed to ensuring that the correct measures are in place to reduce exposure to the virus."
 

3:48 pm, July 24, 2020

Patriot League will not play football in the fall

The Patriot League, which competes in the FCS, will not have fall sports, the conference announced on July 13.

However, the Patriot League's statement said it is looking into possibly playing fall sports in the second semester.

"The League is committed to exploring creative approaches and alternatives to providing future competitive experiences to our fall sport student-athletes, including the possibility of conducting fall sport competition and championships in the second semester," the statement said.

3:36 pm, July 24, 2020

Pac-12 football will have conference-only schedule

The Pac-12 will have a conference-only schedule for this football season, the league announced on July 10. The announcement came one day after the Big Ten said it would play a conference-only schedule.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”

Details on conference-only schedules for the fall will be announced later.

3:10 pm, July 24, 2020

Big Ten to play conference-only schedule

The Big Ten announced on July 9 that it will move to a conference-only schedule if it is able to hold fall sports. The complete announcement can be read here.

"This decision was made following many thoughtful conversations over several months between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Directors of Athletics, Conference Office staff, and medical experts including the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee," the statement said.

The decision to limit games to within the conference allows for more flexibility to adjust throughout the season and in real-time as things change during the pandemic.

3:40 pm, July 24, 2020

Ivy League will not play sports in fall

The Ivy League will not play football in the fall semester, as announced in a statement on July 8.

"With the safety and well-being of students as their highest priority, Ivy League institutions are implementing campus-wide policies including restrictions on student and staff travel, requirements for social distancing, limits on group gatherings, and regulations for visitors to campus," the statement said. "As athletics is expected to operate consistent with campus policies, it will not be possible for Ivy League teams to participate in intercollegiate athletics competition prior to the end of the fall semester."

The possibility of having fall sports, including football, in the spring will be made later.