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
- Home: Boston College, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia
- Away: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
- 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
- Home: Florida State, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
- Away: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pitt, Virginia
- 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
- Home: Louisville, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia Tech
- Away: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami
- Home: Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest
- Away: Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt
- 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
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.
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.
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:
- NCAA President Mark Emmert told ESPN he is "very concerned" about fall sports beginning on time, though a delayed start and shortened schedule could happen. "The fact a delay could provide us with time to do [testing protocols] could be very, very useful," he said. Emmert said the NCAA Board of Governors could make a decision about fall sport championships at their next meeting Aug. 4. He said that if the championships are cancelled, regular seasons could potentially still be played.
- Ohio State told season ticket holders on Tuesday that Ohio Stadium's capacity this fall "will likely amount to no more than 20 percent of overall stadium capacity." The university also noted that if games are played, it will require physical distancing and mandatory face coverings inside the stadium.
- At the Division II level, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has delayed the start of fall competition, with football practice starting Wednesday, Sept. 2 and the first games scheduled for Sept. 26.
- The New Jersey Athletic Conference (DIII), Little East Conference (DIII), Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIII), have suspended or canceled fall football competition and championships. Little East Conference schools can seek to participate in intercollegiate competition and on-campus training in the fall if they so choose.
- The USA South Athletic Conference (DIII) is moving fall sports to the spring semester.
- The American Rivers Conference (DIII) announced a conference-only schedule, while non-conference schedules are left up to the member schools.
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.
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.
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (DII) delays fall competition
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.
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.
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.
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:
- On Monday, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference (DII), Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (DIII), College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (DIII), and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (DIII) announced the cancellation or postponement of their fall sports schedules, with the HCAC's high-contact risk sports being moved to the spring.
- Meanwhile, the Pioneer Football League (FCS) announced a conference-only schedule.
- The NCAA announced a waiver that cuts the minimum number of games in half that teams in fall sports other than football must play.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
Pac-12 CEO Group announces decision to schedule conference-only play for several Fall sports & to delay move toward mandatory athletics activities.— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) July 10, 2020
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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.
Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season:https://t.co/KLjc4mA47h— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) July 9, 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.
Consistent with campus health & safety policies across the League, The Ivy League Presidents outline phased-in approach to intercollegiate athletics activity, including no competition prior to the end of the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) July 8, 2020
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